UPDATE: Revised Guidelines for Doctors Who Recommend Medical Marijuana


In light of “feedback on behalf of approximately 400 patients, physicians, and industry representatives” the Colorado Medical Board has revised the proposed guidelines regarding physicians recommending medical marijuana.

From Karen M. McGovern, Program Director:

The Medical Marijuana Workgroup (Workgroup), comprised of delegates of the Colorado Medical Board, representatives of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and physicians specializing in medical marijuana, has revised its Draft Policy Regarding Reccomendation for Marijuana as a Therapeutic Option. A copy of the revised draft is attached hereto.

The revisions were made following a stakeholder process in which the Workgroup received feedback on behalf of approximately 400 patients, physicians, and industry representatives. This revised policy will be considered for adoption by the Colorado Medical Board at its meeting of November 19, 2015.

You can read the updated/revised guidelines here: Revised – Policy Regarding Recommendations for Marijuana as a Therapeutic Option

For our executive director’s take on this issue, please read her post: Will new medical marijuana rules for doctors reduce life-saving access for patients?

You can read the original proposed guidelines here: Guidelines for the Recommendation of Medical Marijuana Stakeholder Meeting Notice, Agenda, Draft Policy

We think these seem reasonable, but in the end, it’s really up to the doctors who have to follow them to say.

What do you think? Are these reasonable? See any red flags? Anything that concerns you?

What effect do you think these will have on doctors currently recommending medical marijuana?

What about doctors who may be considering it but have been hesitant?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Cannabis Patients Alliance is working hard for patients by continuing to advocate for safe, legal, affordable access to medical marijuana across Colorado and around the country. Your contribution will go a long way toward keeping our advocacy alive and ensuring patients needs are included in the discourse on public policy and education. We are changing hearts and minds, one conversation at a time. Please DONATE today so our work can continue!

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Teens & Youth, Colorado, Doctors, Family & Relationships, Patients, Policy & Politics

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