As the marijuana industry continues to grow, some doctors and onlookers worry it will follow the path of Big Tobacco. But industry representatives say they have embraced stricter regulations.
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Those who praise its benefits say you should be prepared for a period of trial and error.
With all the attention in Massachusetts to dispensaries that will sell marijuana for medical use, the question of who will test the drug has been largely overlooked.
A group of doctors gathered for the Massachusetts Medical Society’s first continuing education course on the use of marijuana to treat medical issues.
Marijuana is touted as a treatment for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and anxiety — and some say it may be a way to help alleviate Massachusetts’ opiate crisis. But that idea is causing some tension in the addiction treatment community.
The study found abnormalities in areas of the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.
Massachusetts House leaders are recommending that the Department of Public Health change the way it reviews medical marijuana dispensary applications, saying process is flawed.
The 20 dispensaries are in 19 communities across the state.
With marijuana still illegal under federal law, hospitals are weighing the balance of serving their patients and protecting billions of dollars in federal funding.
The latest tally: 181 applicants have asked the Mass. department of public health for licenses to establish medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts. The state will ultimately grant 35 licenses.