Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Thu, December, 10th 2015 by THCFinder
In a matter of weeks, the state of New York will officially launch its medical marijuana program. However, the word on the street is although state officials claim the “program remains on track for full implementation” by January 2016, only a slight few will actually have access to this medicine because there aren’t many doctors qualified to offer patient recommendations.
Before a patient can be approved to use medical marijuana in New York, they must first get a physician in which they have a “long-standing and bona fide relationship” to provide them with a certification. Yet, state rules require doctors interested in participating in the program to take a 4-hour online course at an expense of around $250 prior to even discussing weed as a treatment option.
The truth is, it is not the time or money that is preventing medical professionals from getting involved in medical marijuana – it’s federal law. Despite the rules surrounding any state program, it remains a violation of the Controlled Substances Act for a physician to “prescribe” marijuana, but they may offer recommendations for the medicine under protections provided by the First Amendment.