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Medical marijuana on ballot raises questions of physician training



Missouri voters will decide in November whether to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but voter approval doesn’t necessarily ensure preparedness by the state’s medical professionals.

Just 9 percent of medical schools in the U.S. teach about medical marijuana, and 90 percent of medical school graduates say they’re unprepared to help patients use it, according to a Washington University study published last year.

That’s despite 30 states already having legalized medical marijuana.

Since marijuana remains illegal under federal law, it can be difficult for researchers to gain legal access to cannabis and receive approval to study it.

Read more: KCUR

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