Medical marijuana – legal and medical in’s and out’s

Sharon Kelley | GAPA 2020 Summer CME Conference

Written by: Sharon Kelley, PhD, MS

Medical professionals across the United States are facing new challenges with respect to the utilization of medical marijuana as part of their treatment regimen.  Legalization of medical marijuana appears to be driven by public opinion, state ballot initiatives, and referendums resulting in a wide variance of laws from state to state.  It is therefore imperative for medical professionals to be educated as to the regulations in their respective states.

It is also important for medical professionals to be aware that marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 Drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), therefore it is illegal to prescribe as well as dispense or possess the drug for any purpose.  Training for medical professionals, therefore, should include the latest science regarding the benefit or detriment of recommending the drug in addition to medical-legal boundaries to protect the patient as well as practitioner.

 

To learn more about medical marijuana, see Sharon Kelley, PhD, MS speak at the GAPA 2020 Summer Conference in Sandestin, Florida.

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