Medical cannabis is not really medicine

By GREG KESICH

I have been a physician practicing Internal Medicine in Maine since 1978. I have never prescribed “medical cannabis” Last week The New England Journal of Medicine published an article saying there is “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” for marijuana. Adequate scientific studies have not been done. Physicians cannot say that marijuana provides medical benefit or does not have harmful side effects. The name “medical marijuana” is a misnomer since no scientific data support its medical benefit. The statewide referendum which passed and now allows its sale was ill advised.

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