Voters Love Medical Marijuana, But Doctors Are Still Skeptical

As voters legalize weed across the country, doctors groups still voice serious doubts about its medical value.

Voters in three states approved new medical marijuana initiatives on election day, and the majority of Americans now live in states where pot has been legalized in some form. But despite the growing public acceptance of medical marijuana laws, one group remains notably skeptical: doctors.

In all three states where medical marijuana initiatives were passed — North DakotaFlorida and Arkansas — the state medical associations opposed the proposals. “There is nothing medical about this proposal,” Florida Medical Association CEO Tim Stapleton said in a statement, citing “the lack of scientific evidence that pot is helpful in treating medical conditions.”

In opposing the medical marijuana initiatives, doctors’ groups generally avoid broader debates about the benefits of drug legalization, instead focusing on a more specific dispute: that pot should be considered a form of medicine, rather...

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