Marijuana has been decriminalized in 36 states in the US and the District of Columbia and gearing up for legalization in many more states.
- Because of the potential therapeutic benefits, marijuana doctors are willing to navigate uncharted legal areas to offer the best treatment possible for their patients. – By adhering to the state laws and staying ahead of the curve, the marijuana doctors make it possible for the patients to get the relief they need.
– Must be a Board Certified MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) – Must be licensed to practice in their respective state
– Must be registered to submit certifications online – Must have basic knowledge of computer skills – Must have unrestricted drug enforcement administration (DEA) verification to be a supervising physician
– Study the patients who use smoking marijuana treatment for pulmonary function and immune status – Follow all state initiatives to track marijuana sources and patients who use it for therapeutic purposes.
– Knowledge about the patient’s marijuana and other drug use history and addiction –Counsel the patient on the risks of both short-term and long-term medical marijuana use – Get certification or training in addiction medicine
– Review recommendations about uses and dosing – Confirm that other treatment methods were tried and failed – Ensure the marijuana sourced has standard THC levels and no contaminants
A cannabis doctor should not hold any financial interest in any medical marijuana organization, medical marijuana dispensary, cultivator, or processor defined under the law. The office location should not be in proximity to such a facility.
– The treating physician should consult with a specialist in psychiatry or pain management before developing a treatment plan to include marijuana for patients with mental health issues or substance abuse disorders.
– A cannabis doctor should maintain written records of the treatment plan, proof of consent, results of periodic follow-ups, notes from consulting specialists, and ongoing treatment plans for marijuana treatment.
– Meet with the patients, review medical history, and evaluate the patient’s conditions to determine if they qualify for medical marijuana treatment – Discuss options and make a treatment plan for patients who qualify
– Educate the patients on medical cannabis use and ensure their understandability of the potential risks of medical marijuana - Provide a copy of the approved medical marijuana certificate to the patient – Depending on the state, submit all evaluations performed by the physician to the Department of Health.
Although cannabis has been legalized for therapeutic purposes in many states in the US, the liability of the physician and law enforcement are still gray areas.
– Before prescribing medical marijuana, physicians can consult an attorney regarding the licensure risks, criminal and civil penalties, cannabis investment allowances, other underlying risks, and protections in the new medical marijuana laws.
– The Compassionate Use Registry has a database that keeps track of medical marijuana use for legal and research purposes. – It eliminates any misuse of the medical marijuana laws. – Physicians who recommend marijuana have access to the Registry and update information on their patients.
– Organizations dispensing marijuana are licensed by the state and have access to the Registry to confirm doctors’ orders for marijuana. – Law enforcement also has access to the Registry and confirms legal compliance by all the parties involved.
– Help improve people’s lives by advocating cannabis and effective methods of consumption – Educate patients and help them choose a safer option by using cannabis instead of harmful pharmaceuticals
– Reduce the stigma around cannabis – Getting to be a part of the fastest-growing and among the most exciting industries