Doctors who treat addiction are urging the Illinois Senate to say no to medical marijuana. First of all, they object to the terminology. “There is no such thing as medical marijuana,” Dr. Stuart Gitlow, president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, said at a news conference Thursday in Chicago, where the group is holding its convention.
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Dr. Andrea Barthwell, former deputy director for demand reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, says doctors should stay out of the marijuana business, if medical marijuana is approved in Illinois. "We recommend that physicians reject responsibility for providing access to cannabis unless and until they receive such approval from the FDA,” she said. The Illinois House approved marijuana for patients suffering from a variety of ailments who say marijuana makes them feel better, but under the bill they’d need a note from their doctor. The measure now goes to the Illinois Senate.