"Do no harm" is more than just a motto:
A bipartisan effort to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina got a legislative committee hearing on Wednesday. But it's unclear whether enough legislators are ready now to alter their views on pot to make it law.
With nearly three-quarters of states already allowing medical marijuana, senators who unveiled their framework told colleagues the measure takes health and safety seriously while offering palliative care for those with painful or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.
If you listen to NPR on a regular basis, you may have heard a segment recently about medical marijuana, where they talked about doctors not being exposed to education about the palliative properties of cannabis, even those physicians who were supportive of it. There is a misconception that research in this area is thin and/or not conclusive, but in fact the NIH has compiled the results from several studies: