Why this Valley doctor registered to certify marijuana

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FISHERSVILLE — Dr. Patrick Baroco is a hospice and palliative care specialist in the Shenandoah Valley. As medical director for Hospice of the Shenandoah, he says it is his passion. He loves what he does and wants more people to know his transitional care group is here to help them.

He also helps patients in severe pain. And the medications that they currently have, he says, are not ideal.

“They have safety problems,” says Baroco. “I wish I knew more about the efficacy and even the risks of medical cannabis, but we know enough to think it can be part of a medical toolkit to manage these symptoms in my patients.”

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