Remember when nine out of ten dentists recommended Crest?
Well, times have changed. And now, more than half of doctors think that medical marijuana should be legal. Two out of three doctors say patients should be allowed the option to use medical marijuana, according to a new survey.
The survey by Medscape is based on interviews with 1,544 physicians from 12 different specialty areas between Feb. 25 and March 3.
Not surprisingly, doctors in certain specialties had an especially favorable view of medical marijuana. Eighty-two percent of oncologists and hematologists say patients could benefit from medical marijuana.
The favorable view of medical marijuana did not translate to an overall acceptance of use of the drug. more than half of doctors, 53 percent, did not support the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Here's a detailed breakdown of the doctors' opinions on medical marijuana:
Big Picture: There has been a shift in the medical field toward embracing medical marijuana
The AMA shifted its stance in 2010 in favor of allowing medical research for marijuana.
Some high profile doctors have come out in favor of medical marijuana. Last year, CNN's chief medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta now backs using the drug for medical conditions. He said he changed his mind on the issue and apologized for 'misleading' the public by opposing the drug in the past.Huffington Post