Doctors reluctant to embrace medical marijuana in Missouri

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November 12, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Joshua Mammen, oncologist and the president of the Kansas City Medical Society. KANSAS CITY STAR/TAMMY/LIUNGBLAD/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TNS) — Joshua Mammen, a Kansas City area cancer surgeon, has a plan for when patients ask him for medical marijuana. He’ll discuss the symptoms they want to treat. And then he will propose alternatives.

Voters may have overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana by constitutional amendment last week. But all the state’s major physician groups — including the Kansas City Medical Society, of which Mammen is president — opposed every marijuana measure on the ballot.

Now the amendment’s passage makes doctors the gatekeepers of legal marijuana in Missouri, a role most of them didn’t want. And if other states are any indication, a small minority of doctors will be willing to recommend medical marijuana, and those who do may have booming businesses.

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