Dr. Geppert on the Legal and Clinical Implications of Medical Marijuana

A discussion of the discrepancies between state and federal law, which confront federal practitioners with ethical and legal dilemmas in the care of veterans wishing to use medical marijuana as part of their treatment plan.


Recently, Federal Practitioner talked with Cynthia M.A. Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSBE, about ethics issues facing the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), including federal guidance on treating patients who disclose their use of marijuana and the rapidly changing environment of pain management and resulting substance use disorders. To find out more about these discrepancies and dilemmas facing the VHA, read the March 2014 cover story, Legal and Clinical Evolution of Veterans Health Administration Policy on Medical Marijuana.

Dr. Geppert is a professor of psychiatry and the director of ethics education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and chief of consultation psychiatry and ethics at the New Mexico Veterans Administration Health Care System, all in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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