Some Illinois Doctors Reluctant To Prescribe Medical Marijuana


(CBS) – Some Illinois doctors are reluctant to begin prescribing medical marijuana for patients who qualify.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why physicians are putting up roadblocks.

“I asked my primary care about the medical marijuana card. She said she would not be able to,” 19-year-old Chris Favela says.

He’s convinced marijuana will help him cope with the numerous ailments associated with Multiple Sclerosis. He was disappointed when his doctor refused to sign the papers recommending him for the state’s new medical marijuana program.

“She simply said it wasn’t even possible,” Favela says.

“It’s not surprising. We’ve been experiencing this for a long time,” says Victoria Mendicino, who works for Good Intentions.

The private company helps patients apply for medical marijuana cards and finds doctors willing to recommend the drug. It’s a tough job. Of the 1,300 patients they’ve seen, Mendicino says 900 have physicians who refuse to make recommendations.


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