Massachusetts Medical Society Launches Comprehensive Cannabis Curriculum

Massachusetts Medical Society Launches Comprehensive Cannabis Curriculum

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The Massachusetts Medical Society has launched a comprehensive cannabis curriculum for physicians recommending medical cannabis for patients.

Developed by, a website that offers educational content regarding medical cannabis, physicians will learn about topics such as the endocannabinoid system, proper dosage for medical cannabis, the health affects of medical cannabis and how to assess the use of medical cannabis for specific diseases.

Although the Massachusetts Medical Society continues to oppose the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana, group president Henry Dorkin told MassLive that it has to accept the fact that patients will use medical cannabis and that it’s the medical society’s responsibility to see that medical cannabis is used as safely as possible.

“We’re not in any way urging [physicians] to write for this,” Dorkin said. “But it’s a fact of life that marijuana exists, it’s legalized in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the reality is physicians need to be educated about marijuana, and they need to learn to deal with its effects on patients.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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