In a ground-breaking survey by the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of Doctors would approve the use of medical marijuana, according to CBS News.

The survey asked 1,446 doctors from 72 countries whether they would prescribe a patient medical marijuana in a hypothetical situation.

The circumstances that the doctors were faced with were as follows:

Marilyn is a 68-year-old woman with breast cancer that has metastasized to her lungs, chest cavity and spine. Would you give her medical marijuana to help her with her symptoms?

The overwhelming response in favour of medical marijuana in the survey was usually attributed to two key factors by the participants:

– Firstly, a knowledge of personal cases where marijuana was able to help patients.

– Secondly, their patients’ personal choice and the known dangers of prescription narcotics and painkillers.

This survey is one of the most exciting for medical marijuana activists, who believe that healthcare professionals supporting the use of medical marijuana is the key to an eventual global legalisation. However, many more doctors need to actively support the cause in order for any legalisation process to be taken seriously. And while the survey is certainly a step in the right direction, the requested anonymity of most of the participants means that this data may be disregarded by the ruling parties.