London physician says weed is safer than most drugs he prescribes

The London Free Press

By Hank Daniszewski

A London doctor is breaking new ground in authorizing pot use by patients.

Dr. Michael Hart set up his practice a year ago and has been prescribing medical marijuana for several months.

Until now, the focus on London physicians giving the green light for patients to use pot has been on Dr. John Craven, the associate director of the methadone health clinic who opened the high-profile Options Health Care Clinic on Dundas St. a month ago.

Hart believes he’s the first family physician in the London area to write authorizations for marijuana use, allowing patients to buy it online from federally licensed marijuana producers.

Hart said it’s a matter of principle. He believes marijuana is a safe, effective alternative to powerful, often addictive painkillers such as OxyContin.

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