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Doctors open offices in Mass. to prescribe marijuana

Nancy Nangeroni, who says she has suffered neck, shoulder, and back pain since a 2004 auto accident, brought her medical records with her in a visit to  Dr. Joey Rottman to get certified for medical marijuana.
Nancy Nangeroni, who says she has suffered neck, shoulder, and back pain since a 2004 auto accident, brought her medical records with her in a visit to Dr. Joey Rottman to get certified for medical marijuana.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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The waiting room of Integr8, a new type of medical practice that opened in a Burlington office building last October, was crowded with patients. One leaned on a walker, another gripped a plastic grocery bag filled with pill bottles. There were twentysomethings and senior citizens.

Many were drawn there by the same thing: medical marijuana.

With names such as CannaMed and Delta 9 Medical Consulting, a dozen physicians offices have opened across Massachusetts in recent months to evaluate patients to use marijuana.

Many envisioned that most patients would consult with their regular doctor to decide whether they could benefit from the drug to treat a debilitating condition. Instead, the 2012 referendum that legalized medical pot is giving rise to a new niche — psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, obstetrician-gynecologists, internists, and pain specialists turned medical marijuana specialists.

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