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How do a prescription and a recommendation for marijuana differ?

A doctor cannot legally prescribe marijuana, but can recommend its use for a patient. The recommendation is only valid for as long as the patient remains under the physician's care and the physician considers marijuana to be a valid medical treatment for the patient.

Many pro-medical marijuana organizations and dispensaries keep lists of doctors who will recommend medical marijuana, although this practice is controversial because some doctors appear to be willing, in exchange for payment, to offer a recommendation for nearly any condition.

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