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    State medical marijuana laws continue to expand

     

    Implications for pharmacists, physicians

    Pharmacists and clinicians will need to become comfortable with discussing medical marijuana with patients, the speakers agreed. “Many in different states are still unsure about the potential repercussions of prescribing,” Miller noted.

    Continuing medical education credits are available through groups like the Cannabis Training Institute to familiarize physicians and nurses with medical marijuana—and Edgar noted that continuing education programs for pharmacists are also in development.

    Marijuana still entails considerable social stigma and ambiguities about the boundaries between medicinal and nonmedicinal utilization.

    “If you look at the culture of marijuana, you’ll see that early medical-side adopting states are now the states that have passed recreational-use legislation as well,” said Edgar. “Stigma is a huge issue and one that we as pharmacists are going to have to discuss. There will have to be a huge educational effort to get people past stereotypes. Marijuana is a good drug that can be used for a number of indications.”

     

     

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