Marijuana Is Not a Prescription Medicine


In November 2018, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The state of Missouri is now implementing a process to make medical marijuana available to residents.

The Kansas City Medical Society recognizes the growing support for marijuana legalization and the individual stories of those who have benefited from medical marijuana. However, physicians have four areas of concern related to protecting the safety of our patients. These are

1) Lack of research on the effects of marijuana;

2) Marijuana is not administered with the evidence-based protocols used for prescription medicines;

3) The impact of marijuana availability on youth; and

4) Effects on public safety.


Learn more from our Information Briefing.

See the Missouri State Medical Association page on marijuana. It provides important information for physicians including the requirements for individuals to become “qualifying patients.”

U.S. Surgeon Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, on August 29 issued an advisory against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women. “No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe,” the advisory states. Read the advisory.