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Study: 76 percent of doctors would prescribe medical marijuana to a patient with stage 4 breast cancer

Now that New Hampshire is on its way to legalizing the use of medical marijuana, it's helpful to understand how doctors feel about prescribing this drug to treat different illnesses and injuries. In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, most physicians said they would be okay with giving a patient a medical marijuana prescription when presented with a sample case.

HealthDay News reports that 1,446 doctors were asked if they would prescribe the drug to a woman suffering from stage 4 breast cancer, and were given pros and cons from both sides of the argument. Of those surveyed, 76 percent said they would treat the patient with medical marijuana.

"I think there's some context that needs to be considered," said Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, according to the source. "This was a woman with stage 4 cancer who wasn't responding to [anti-nausea medications]. I'm not saying let's legalize marijuana, but this is a woman at the end of her life, so what's the downside, given that there might be a benefit. In a different situation, medical marijuana might not be so well embraced."

Many of the doctors who participated in the study indicated that they would be interested in seeing additional evidence regarding the use of marijuana for different illnesses.

Stick with us as we continue to cover developments on the legality of marijuana within the Granite State. In the meantime, if you have been accused of any crime involving this drug, be sure you enlist the services of an experienced New Hampshire lawyer to defend you in a court of law.

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