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New Rules for Colorado Medical Marijuana Doctors

New Rules for Colorado Medical Marijuana Doctors

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 03/15/2011 in Medical Marijuana News

In an effort to make regulations for marijuana doctors less hazy, propsed Colorado regulations currently being considered may make it more difficult for physicians in the state to recommend cannabis. The Colorado Board of Health is in the process of making a decision on the rules that determine what a “bona fide” doctor-patient relationship actually means in the state’s medical marijuana laws.

These changes are all part of an effort to crack down on so-called “marijuana mills,” where physicians pump out pot recs for any patient—even those they have never seen before. The proposed regulations would be some of the most detailed and specific rules governing the relationship between pot docs and their patients, which yes, would cut down on marijuana mills. But legitimate doctors and countless patients are the ones who may suffer for it.

Pot advocates worry that these new regulations may make it unfairly expensive and burdensome for patients to obtain legal marijuana recommendations. For example, the requirement of multiple doctor’s visits would be especially expensive, since marijuana is not covered by insurance and patients must pay out of pocket for these visits. Additionally, it seems hypocritical at best to require multiple visits for marijuana when no other drug on the market carries the same stipulations.

Another regulation being considered by the Board of Health is the requirement for physicians to have “unrestricted, unconditioned” licenses before they can recommend pot. While this is good in theory, the Colorado Medical Society considers the proposed rules to be too broad. They argue that many doctors’ conditions don’t affect their ability to prescribe or recommend drugs—like in the event a surgeon develops a hand tremor and can no longer practice surgery, but can still consult patients.

Meanwhile, a separate bill awaiting a Colorado House vote would allow doctors with license conditions to petition the Colorado Medical Board for permission to recommend marijuana. If their conditions are deemed unrelated to recommending drugs (like the arthritis example above), the doctors would be given permission to write recommendations for pot. The Colorado Medical Society is a proponent of this bill.

At the end of the day, what matters is that patients are given access to the medicine they need and are able to see real doctors for their medical conditions. This is exactly why was founded: to ensure patients have access to real doctors for medical marijuana recommendations. We’ll keep you posted on any developments and new requirements for Colorado medical marijuana doctors, and will ensure that all of the doctors in our network adhere to whatever regulations the state of Colorado passes.

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