How would legal access to medical marijuana affect cancer patients and public health in Wisconsin? A
new issue brief
from the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative,
Medical Marijuana in Wisconsin: A Cancer Perspective,
explores this and other questions.
Thirty-three states offer legal access to marijuana for certain qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer. However, because federal restrictions currently limit marijuana research, policy makers and health care providers have limited data regarding the drug’s potential harmful or helpful effects on patients.
As Wisconsin considers whether to legalize the medical use of marijuana, the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative recommends that health care leaders and policy makers examine the public health and safety impacts of such a law, to avoid unintended consequences for cancer patients and the public.