WebMD Survey Finds Solid Support for Legalization Among Doctors
April 3rd, 2014
Policy, Top News
The majority of doctors believe that medical marijuana should be legalized nationally and offers real benefits to patients, according to a recent survey from WebMD and Medscape. The survey of 1,544 doctors founds solid support for legalization efforts with many doctors saying the drug should be legalized in their states and made available as an option for patients.
“The medical community is clearly saying they support using marijuana as a potential treatment option for any number of medical problems,” said WebMD Chief Medical Editor Michael W. Smith, MD. “In fact, many doctors already prescribe it. But health professionals are still unclear as to what the long-term effects may be. The findings would indicate a strong desire to have the DEA ease the restrictions on research so that additional studies can be done to conclusively show where medical marijuana can help and where it might not.”
Organizations like the Epilepsy Foundation have already called up on the Drug Enforcement Agency to relax its restrictions on marijuana so that it can be properly studied. Marijuana has shown to be very effective in many cases of childhood epilepsy – so much so that some families have relocated to states where medical marijuana is legally available in order to offer their children a higher quality of life.
The survey’s specific responses included:
- 69% say MMJ can help with certain treatments and conditions.
- 67% say MMJ should be a medical option for patients.
- 56% support making MMJ legal nationwide.
- 50% of doctors in states where MMJ is not legal say it should be legal in their states.
- 52% of doctors in states considering new laws say MMJ should be legal in their states.
Of those surveyed, oncologists and hematologists showed the highest level of support for medical marijuana, while rheumatologists ranked lowest in terms of support for medical marijuana. Neurologists reported the highest number of patients asking if medical marijuana might help them, particularly with multiple sclerosis and severe seizure disorders where it has shown effectiveness.
In the end, the robust support from the medical community could certainly become a key driver in legislative efforts.
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