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Today, Dr. Khare’s letter to the editor was published in the Chicago Tribune. Here is a brief excerpt:
I appreciated being mentioned in a recent Chicago Tribune article (“More doctors are using marijuana as medicine,” Dec. 1). I hear too many concerning stories from patients about other doctors who refuse to help them with medical cannabis.
Pain doctors prescribe powerful and dangerous opioids for years, yet many still drug-test patients and deny medical treatment if cannabis is detected. Psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines without hesitation, yet often give patients who ask about cannabis a “this is your brain on drugs” lecture. Uninformed primary care physicians refuse to help patients get certified. Don’t patients deserve better care?