“In many ways, it is like the Wild West,” says Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, co-founder of the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association. Vested with the tricky liability of towing a fine line between state legality and federal prohibition, the field of medical marijuana may already attract doctors who are willing to go against the grain of the mainstream medical profession. Furthermore, many licensed doctors are wary of recommending cannabis altogether due to the plant’s federal Schedule I status, as well as fears of being blacklisted from professional opportunities and federal programs. “With the perceived ambiguities in the legal structure and paucity of definitive randomized controlled studies, the benefits simply do not outweigh the theoretical risks,” Pirozzolo says.
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