Can my doctor or physician legally prescribe marijuana?

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Last updated: June 3rd, 2016

No. Although a handful of states have legislation authorizing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, doctors in these states may not legally do so without violating federal law. Federal policy dictates that physician who prescribes marijuana or other Schedule I drugs to a patient may be stripped of his or her federal license to prescribe drugs and prosecuted. In addition, physicians will not prescribe medical marijuana because there are no legal state supply sources from which a patient could attain the drug.

To follow legal restraints, doctors are forced to write ‘recommendations’ for their patients, stating they suggest the use of an alternative medicine such as medical marijuana.

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