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Medical Cannabis: A Physician Survey

Medical Cannabis: A Physician Survey

If you are looking for them, medical marijuana conventions aren’t hard to find. A quick google query turned up a series of, well, smokin’ events all over the country. (Sorry, but tickets to the second annual National Marijuana Business Convention are sold out.)

Marijuana is big business. One report cites the weed as the top cash crop in 12 states and among the top 3 cash crops in 30. A study estimates that marijuana production, at a value of $35.8 billion, exceeds the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion).

Medical cannabis is now legal in 20 states and in Washington DC.

But what do physicians think about medical cannabis?

Consultantlive recently conducted a survey to find out answers to this and other questions about clinical use of cannabis. We got 528 responses—271 from physicians. The comments and graphs you see here summarize the responses from those physicians.

Our respondents said they practice family medicine (38%); 20% are internists; 10% list themselves as general practitioners; 28% as “other”; and 3% practice psychiatry. About 32% are 51 to 60 years old; 24% are 41 to 50; 19% are 61-70; 14% are 31 to 40; 8% are over 70; and 3% are 20 to 30. A significant majority — 59% — live in a state where medical cannabis is illegal.

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