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Medical News & Perspectives
April 25, 2017

Medical Marijuana Is Legal in Most States, but Physicians Have Little Evidence to Guide Them

JAMA. 2017;317(16):1611-1613. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0813

Five patients have confided to Key West internist John Norris III, MD, that they use marijuana to relieve painful, persistent muscle spasms resulting from strokes or multiple sclerosis.

Norris’s patients have been buying their marijuana illegally. “They can get it from some high school kid or bartender in Key West,” he said. But Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana this past November by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, spurring Norris to enroll in an 8-hour course required of all physicians in the state who want to be able to recommend the treatment to their patients.

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