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NPR News May 10, 2018

When Cancer Patients Ask About Weed, Many Doctors Say Go For It

by Christine Herman

About half of oncologists recommend medical marijuana to patients, though most feel ignorant of its proper medical use.

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J Clin Oncol MAY 10, 2018

Medical Oncologists' Beliefs, Practices, and Knowledge Regarding Marijuana Used Therapeutically: A Nationally Representative Survey Study

IM Braun et al

Background Although almost every state medical marijuana (MM) law identifies cancer as a qualifying condition, little research supports MM's use in oncology. We hypothesi …

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