The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center, stated the following in a Jan. 10, 2019 article by Paul Terpeluk, DO, Medical Director of Employee Health Services, titled "Should 'Medical Marijuana' Be Recommended for Patients? Why Our Answer Is 'No,'" available at

“Q: As more states legalize ‘medical marijuana’, should it be recommended for patients?

A: At Cleveland Clinic, we believe there are better alternatives.

In the world of healthcare, a medication is a drug that has endured extensive clinical trials, public hearings and approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Medications are tested for safety and efficacy. They are closely regulated, from production to distribution. They are accurately dosed, down to the milligram.

Medical marijuana is none of those things…

Patients deserve to know that whatever they are using to control their symptoms is safe and effective. And clinicians need to have confidence that a treatment will work as intended.”

Jan. 10, 2019