Ask the Doctors about Marijuana

The Drug Policy Alliance's marijuana experts, Malik Burnett, M.D., and Amanda Reiman, PhD., answer your questions about marijuana.

Dr. Malik Burnett is a former surgeon and physician advocate. He also served as executive director of a medical marijuana nonprofit organization. Amanda Reiman, PhD, holds a doctorate in Social Welfare and teaches classes on drug policy at the University of California-Berkeley. Ask a question now.


02/26/15
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I don’t know if this is a silly question, but my friend keeps saying that marijuana shouldn’t be legal because then more people will use it. But, if marijuana use is safer than alcohol and not... Read More

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02/12/15
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
*Editor’s note: This week’s Ask the Doctors is Part 2 of a series on access to media marijuana internationally. To read Part 1 of the series, click here. Dear Doctors, “I am a medical marijuana patient... Read More

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01/29/15
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “I am a medical marijuana patient and making arrangements to travel outside of the U.S. are there particular countries where I can use or get access to medicine?” Sincerely, Cannabis Traveler... Read More

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01/15/15
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I am a high school health teacher in Ohio and my students have been asking a lot of questions about marijuana. I do not think that the traditional D.A.R.E. program is effective, but I am at a loss as to the... Read More

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12/04/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, Please settle a bet. While watching football with my dad over Thanksgiving, the topic of concussions came up. I said that if players had access to marijuana then they would not have so many problems with head... Read More

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11/20/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I keep hearing about how marijuana is a good treatment for all kinds of things. What conditions do we have actual research about when it comes to marijuana as a medicine? MMJ Curious   Dear Curious,... Read More

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11/06/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I am a veteran who has recently returned from Iraq. A guy in my support group was talking about how he uses marijuana to help with his PTSD (depression in particular). Does that really help? Can I get in... Read More

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10/23/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “My next-door neighbor has the cutest child I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the child has been battling severe epilepsy from a young age. We have a very tight community here, and I want to help the... Read More

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10/09/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “With so much information coming out about the medical value of marijuana, and that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, why was it made illegal in the first place?” Sincerely, Looking for a... Read More

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09/24/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, “Medical marijuana laws are popping up all over the country, however some of them only allow for strains high in CBD, for kids with seizures. I always thought of THC and marijuana. What’s all this... Read More

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