Medical Marijuana Not Covered by Health Insurance
the MPR take:
Although 21 states have passed legislation approving the use of medical marijuana, health insurance companies are reluctant to cover the treatment costs, which can reach up to $1,000/month. The FDA has not approved medical marijuana as a treatment, with the exception of Marinol, which contains a synthetic version of an ingredient in marijuana and is indicated for refractory nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy and anorexia with weight loss in AIDS patients. Most FDA drug approvals require large-scale clinical trials on safety and efficacy; the DEA's classification of marijuana as a Schedule I substance makes this difficult. The American Medical Association is calling for the DEA to change marijuana's classification to make it easier for research studies to be conducted.
Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month. Once the drug of choice for hippies and rebellious teens, marijuana in recent years has gained more mainstream acceptance ...
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