At least half of the doctors in the U.S. advocate for medical marijuana to be legalized countrywide, with two out three doctors saying patients should be permitted to use medical marijuana as an option, according to a survey by Medscape.
The survey was carried out between February 25 and March 3, and involved 1,544 doctors from 12 different specialties.
However, doctors in some specialties appeared to back the pros of medical marijuana than others. 82 percent of haematologists and oncologists, for example, argued that patients can benefit from medical marijuana. The same proportion of physicians in these specialty areas were of opinion that patients should be prescribed medical marijuana as an option
In states where medical marijuana is illegal, roughly half the number of doctors polled voiced support for its legalization, a result that remained the same in states that are still mulling whether to legalize medical marijuana.
However, more than half of the respondents, 53 percent, were against a legislation of marijuana for recreational purposes.
A companion consumer poll carried out by WebMD, which was taken by 2,960 visitors to WebMD website between February 23 and February 26 showed that half of the respondents were of opinion that medical marijuana should be legalized; while those living in states where medical marijuana is yet to be legalized supported its legalization.
51 percent of WebMD respondents were against the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.
So far, research on the health benefits of marijuana is limited as the federal government classifies marijuana as a “Schedule I” substance, which is assigned to the most potent drugs having “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.”
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