Doctors hesitant to prescribe medical marijuana, even though it’s now legal

Belleville resident Carol Schmidt suffers stage 4 colon cancer and, as such, qualifies for medical marijuana which is now legal in Illinois. The problem is, she can’t find a doctor who will recommend it for her.

She apparently is not the only one. More than 30,000 qualifying patients were expected to have received medical marijuana cards by now, but only 3,600 have so far received a physician’s referral.

Clinical studies have shown cannabis to be effective in the treatment of certain seizure disorders, glaucoma, cancer, anxiety and pain. An…

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