Survey: Most Ohio doctors won’t recommend medical marijuana

A majority of doctors in Ohio will be reluctant to recommend medical marijuana for their patients, according to the Medical Marijuana Physician Survey, a situation that could hamper the rollout of the state’s MMJ program.

Roughly 30% of the physicians who participated in an Ohio State Medical Board survey said they will not recommend medical marijuana as a treatment, and more than 40% said they are unlikely to recommend MMJ.

A dearth of doctors could limit the patient pool, which in turn could hamper MMJ sales.

Of the more than 3,000 doctors who responded, roughly 30% said they would be highly likely to recommend medical cannabis.

According to the survey, which was distributed to more than 46,000 registered physicians in September, 65% said more peer-reviewed research would make them more likely to recommend medical marijuana. However, it’s doubtful that such research will be forthcoming, considering cannabis is illegal on the federal level, Columbus Business First reported.

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is expected to be up and running in 2018, and state officials released draft regulations for its MMJ industry last week.

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One comment on “Survey: Most Ohio doctors won’t recommend medical marijuana
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Re the sentence, “A dearth of doctors could limit the patient pool, which in turn could hamper MMJ sales.”
    The exact same problem is occurring to the east in New York. The state of NY has about 90,000 doctors and fewer than 1 percent are registered to “certify” patients for the medical cannabis program. Why? Because New York lawmakers and regulators just had to “recreate the wheel” by prohibiting patients from smoking dried cannabis flowers or consuming edibles, while forcing its “legal” companies to instead sell products that too closely resemble existing medical products—with specific dosages— approved by federal agencies. For NY doctors, who’ve spent small fortunes on medical school and training, the risk of violating federal Schedule I “marihuana” law is therefore much too high. The patients can suffer indefinitely, doctors think, as long as their licenses to practice medicine may be revoked.

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