New survey finds Minnesota doctors reluctant to sign off on medical marijuana

A new survey finds Minnesota doctors in no rush to sign their patients up for medical marijuana.

Two-thirds of the doctors who responded to a Minnesota Medical Association survey said they were not planning to participate in the state’s medical cannabis registry. Medical marijuana will be legal — in limited form — in Minnesota on July 1, but to participate in the program, patients must be certified by a doctor or other medical professional to prove they have one of nine qualifying conditions.

Doctors can opt out of certifying their patients to participate in the program, and the June 2 survey found that 68 percent of the doctors who responded were planning to do just that. Just 9 percent of the 457 respondents said they planned to participate in the program and 17 percent hadn’t made up their minds. Another 7 percent treat patients who are not eligible for the...

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