Maryland marijuana doctors are physicians, or other qualified practitioners, certified to recommend medical marijuana to patients who may benefit from it for a variety of conditions. Any Maryland licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, nurse midwife and nurse practitioner who is active, unrestricted, in good standing and is registered to prescribe controlled substances by the State may recommend medical marijuana.
In order to be able to issue a written certification for medical marijuana, a physician must register as a “Certifying Provider” with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
Qualifying medical conditions which Maryland marijuana doctors may recommend for include: cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
The requirements for issuing a written certification for medical cannabis are:
- A “bona fide physician-patient relationship”
- The patient’s condition must be severe
- Other medical treatments must have proven ineffective for the patient’s condition, and
- The symptoms must reasonably be expected to be relieved by the use of medical cannabis
*Laws have been passed in the state of Maryland that allow a Physician to recommend Medicinal marijuana to any patient who presents with a qualifying illness or debilitating condition.
*Physicians must first register to recommend through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission by following the instructions.
Requirements Maryland Marijuana Doctors
• Physicians who wish to certify patients for use of medical cannabis must have a bona-fide relationship established including:
• A) The reasons for including this patient within the system, to include the qualifying condition/s
• B) An attestation of a history, physical examination and review of condition and pertinent medical records
• C) Reasons a patient may be excluded from the program
• D) The Physician’s plan fro screening for drug dependence
• E) A follow-up care plan addressing follow-up and ongoing relationship and assessment for collecting and analyzing data regarding treatment efficacy.
Legal Right of Maryland Marijuana Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana
Through a Federal Determination in Conant vs Walters et al 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2002 upheld the decision that the a Physician may discuss the pros and cons of medical marijuana with his or her patient, issue a recommendation that it may be helpful in treating the qualifying condition within a bona-fide relationship WITHOUT fear of federal reprisal.
Thousands of doctors around the nation have been writing recommendations to their patients to use medical cannabis pursuant to state laws since 1996. Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice directed federal prosecutors not to prosecute physicians and patients who were complying with state law. In addition, in December 2014, Congress specifically barred the Department of Justice from spending any funds that interfere in the implementation of various states medical cannabis programs, and specifically included Maryland.
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