Veterans, Doctors Disagree Over Marijuana Legalization

A small group of veterans in a substance abuse program said that marijuana should be legalized, while a separate group of physicians said they were not convinced of the health benefits of marijuana, researchers reported.

Among 31 veterans in treatment for a substance abuse disorder who took part in in-person interviews, 24 (77%) had low-risk perception of marijuana use, reported Samuel Wilkinson, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine, and colleagues.

In a separate study among medical school faculty at one university, 80% said that they did not have sufficient knowledge to recommend marijuana, while 77% concluded that medical marijuana carried “substantial health and mental health risks,” reported Aman Mahajan, MD, and Ayame Takahashi, MD, of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

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