Pa. doctors voice different views on medical pot

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania doctors are expressing conflicting opinions about legislation to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

A panel of physicians discussed the issue Tuesday in a conference call sponsored by two statewide medical groups before a scheduled state Senate hearing on the bill.
Dr. Tony Stile, a Pittsburgh psychiatrist, says marijuana is not a safe medication and that it can lead to addiction in about 9 percent of regular users.
Dr. Erik Rupard, a cancer specialist from Reading, says it's unclear whether pot is addictive, but that if it relieves the pain of terminal patients, it's a moot point.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society recommends more study and wants the federal government to downgrade marijuana's status as a "schedule one" drug meaning it has no medical use to facilitate research.

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