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lawrence harmon

Reefer madness

Noncompliance is the term used in medical circles to describe the state of incautious patients who ignore medical advice even at the risk of serious consequences. The same label should apply to the almost 70 percent of Massachusetts voters who, according to a recent Globe poll, support the legalization of marijuana for medical use.

The Massachusetts Medical Society opposes the medical use of marijuana, or Question 3 as it appears on the November ballot. The organization representing more than 24,000 physicians and medical students warns that pot hasn’t been subjected to the “rigorous, scientific testing of other drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration’’ and that claims for its effectiveness are not scientifically proven. Those seeking a second opinion should consult the medical societies representing specialists who treat patients with cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis — diseases often associated with medical marijuana treatment. They think that the effort to bring medical marijuana to Massachusetts is bogus, too.

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