Gabriel Nahas, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Medicine at Columbia University, wrote in a Mar. 1997 editorial published in the Wall Street Journal:

“In this instance [for the terminally ill], the use of marijuana can no longer be considered a therapeutic intervention but one of several procedures used to ease the ebbing of life of the terminally ill.

But for this purpose doctors should prescribe antiemetic and analgesic therapies of proven efficacy, rather than marijuana smoking.

This therapeutic course is not based on bureaucratic absolutism, political correctness, or reflexive ideology — but on scientific knowledge and the humane practice of medicine.”

Mar. 1997