From Pain Medicine News (www.painmedicinenews.com)
POSTED: JUNE 10, 2013
Gerald M. Aronoff, MD, DABPM
American Academy of Pain Medicine
Carolina Pain Associates, PA
Charlotte, North Carolina
For those of us involved in clinical medicine and who are in the position of rendering opinions regarding the use of marijuana in patients with chronic pain (or other medicinal uses), ours is a daunting task. We need to recognize that the issue must bypass our philosophical bias as to whether marijuana is good or bad, and focus our attention on efficacy, safety, and risk versus benefit. We also need to acknowledge an ethical dilemma as well as a legal one.