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A Venice medical marijuana doctor debates the benefits and risk of treating patients with marijuana 

 

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A Venice medical marijuana doctor debates the benefits and risk of treating patients with marijuana  | Oklahoma Watch

A contingent of medical associations have come out against an Oklahoma ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana, saying State Question 788 is full of loopholes and would exacerbate drug abuse in the state.

 

But the voices of individual doctors have been more muted. Many prefer their medical association or other groups to make the arguments for or against the proposal, which will be decided in Tuesday’s primary election. Others are taking a wait-and-see attitude and may be more vocal should the question pass.

 

Oklahoma Watch talked to two doctors with differing viewpoints on legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.

 

Dr. Art Rousseau is an Oklahoma City psychiatrist who believes Oklahoma’s proposal could endanger patient safety and open doctors up to professional and legal problems.

 

Dr. Barry Gordon is a former emergency-room physician from Ohio who is now chief medical officer at a medical marijuana clinic in Florida; he believes patient education is key to the success of medical marijuana and patients should be given all options for treatment.

 

Read the rest of this article at: Dueling Doctors: The Benefits, Risks of Treating Patients with Marijuana | Oklahoma Watch

 

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