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Medical News & Perspectives
March 6, 2018

Clinicians Support Medical Marijuana Use in Children With Cancer, but Lack Knowledge

JAMA. 2018;319(9):852-853. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0089

When medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts 5 years ago, Emma Jones, MD, was one of the first physicians on the pediatric palliative care team at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital to register with the state so that she could provide qualifying young patients access to cannabis in the hopes of easing symptoms such as nausea and pain.

So when pediatric patients with advanced cancer or other life-limiting illnesses come to Jones—and they are unable to find symptomatic relief through other therapies or medications—Jones can “certify” the patients for a medical marijuana card. This certification allows them (or a caregiver) access to a dispensary.