It is time for physician-scientists to weigh in on the legalization of so-called “medical marijuana.” I am president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the leading organization specializing in addiction medicine that represents more than 3,000 physicians across the country. I see daily examples in my practice that marijuana is a drug of abuse and dependence that has serious negative consequences for many users. I see previously healthy teens now relegated to illegal activities to fuel their drug abuse that started with marijuana.
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