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I think it does appear that doctors are responsible for limiting the use of cannabis; from what I understand, patients who would benefit from its use are still having difficulty accessing it and, as a result, are continuing to suffer – just as many people who would benefit from giving up cigarettes are put off using electronic devices because of the, hitherto, luke-warm response of medical authorities.
Surely the medical profession should take a more pragmatic approach (“primum non nocere”) – rather than insisting on watertight evidence before lending support to an intervention which has the potential to do much good?