Colorado’s medical marijuana industry remains buoyant, continuing to grow despite the legal or “recreational” industry dramatically exceeding it in size.
Source: The Cannabist
At 3PM on Tuesday, September 22nd, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed rules that could threaten Colorado’s medical cannabis industry.
The current application for medical marijuana patients includes a simple one-page form for doctors:
The instructions to the doctor:
To complete a physician certification, physicians must:
1. Have an active MD or DO license in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
2. Have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient.
3. Conduct a physical exam and review patient history to certify the patient has a qualifying debilitating medical condition. A new physical exam is required each year as part of the patient’s renewal process.
4. Submit a copy of his/her current DEA certification to the Registry. If a copy of the DEA is not already on file it may be sent by fax to 303-758-5182.
5. Keep a copy of the physician certification in the patient’s medical record. To avoid fraud, the Registry may request verification of physician signatures.
6. Provide copies of the physician certification as part of the application process. The physician certification does not constitute a prescription for marijuana. Physician certifications cannot be printed on security paper that reads “VOID” when copied.
The specific new proposals, which require mandatory access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that many doctors may not have as well as obligating them to fill out 14 different documents, could make it more difficult for patients with medical needs to obtain authorization and, thus, be subjected to not only much higher taxation but also limited access to higher dosages required for many conditions.
The state will host a live webcast:
Download the draft of the proposed new policy: Colorado Medical Marijuana Stakeholder Meeting Notice, Agenda, Draft Policy