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Is marijuana medicine? Doctors split on need for separate medical system when pot becomes legal – Windsor Star

By Maura Forrest – Windsor Star

An unexpected drama played out at a conference centre in Toronto recently, beginning with a presentation about the future of medical marijuana and ending in insults, jeers and a minor Twitter storm. At the heart of the dispute was a question that producers and users of medical cannabis feel strongly about: Once recreational pot is legal, should there still be a separate medical marijuana system?

The uproar was an unusual occurrence at a largely scientific meeting, attended by doctors, nurses and pharmacists, but it highlighted just how fraught the discussion about medical cannabis can be. With the legalization of recreational pot just around the corner, the medical marijuana industry now finds itself at a crossroads, seeking to cement the status of cannabis as a legitimate medicine even as the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) advocates for a single regulatory system.

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