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Rules Don’t Allow Illinois Doctors in Medical Pot Business to Recommend It to Patients

At least three Illinois doctors are getting into the legal medical marijuana business, according to a review of records of the companies recently approved to grow and sell marijuana.

The rules say that’s OK as long as they don’t recommend marijuana to their patients.

But physicians’ involvement in the medical marijuana industry raises questions about the potential for conflicts of interest.

“We don’t like doctors prescribing or directing patients to taking therapies they’re making money on,” said Laurie Zoloth a professor of bioethics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

But, it’s not “inherently wrong” for doctors to be involved in this burgeoning field, she said.

Their medical knowledge could be useful. [Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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