Over the years, medical marijuana certifications have been effective following the Maine litigation for about 20 years. However, several physicians report that they feel uncomfortable while they counsel their patients on the drug effects. When it comes to chronic pain, nauseous chemotherapy patients consistently make inquiries from doctors whether marijuana offers the bests solution, but most doctors are still in darkness concerning the controversial medical drug.
Doctors cannot recommend the dosage of marijuana drug, the correct amount and the mode of taking the medication. Should the drug be smoked, eaten or rubbing and vaporization?. As such, the topic is conceived ill by medics as it is not covered in medical schools. However, states legalizing medical marijuana are in the rise amounting to 25 with the new state of Columbia and some states are consistently addressing the medical gap on marijuana medications. Most of the states are hiring doctors and conducting training in details concerning how marijuana the effects of the drug and how it interacts with the central nervous system.
No matter how the state laws differ, they focus on the same specific themes as they have set up amicable processes and procedures of establishing medical marijuana dispensaries. The setup dispensaries act as the centers where patients certified to use marijuana for medicinal purposes can access the drug. Usually, the dispensaries operate on strict state approved requirements that each of the dispensaries must meet. On the other hand, doctors certified to issue the drug operate under strict laws and patients must suffer from the ailments for a recommendation for the usage of marijuana.
The controversial medical uncertainty poses significant challenges on the navigation of the contradictory laws. States involve physicians to approve patients that require marijuana for medication. The American Federation of state medical Boards has investigated and tried to add clarity on the existing controversy. On the 9th of August 2018, the JAMA editorial reported that leaders noted that the state laws constrained the medical use of marijuana drug. Thus, they tasked the federal government to execute amicable and effective modes, and systems of threats marijuana could bring to society.
In the city of New York, legalization of marijuana was effected in 2014, and the state of health department issued the certification program in 2018. The state medical marijuana program was inaugurated in 2016. The program is inducted for only four hours, and its students pay $249. The program seals the more extensive medics registration requirements. Currently, averagely 656 physicians have completed the registration processes, and many others are in training with the New York Department of health for induction program.
Pennsylvania and Ohio states have also adopted the same programs. In Massachusetts, medical personnel wishing to participate in the same programs are instructed to undertake courses accredited by the American Medical Association. Maryland doctors, on the other hand, do not strictly require induction, but they encourage the entire process through its website “The Medical Cannabis Commission Website”. The website gives proper guidelines on the marijuana controversy.
The marijuana medical certified consultants and retail stores are mandated to advise patients and issue them with recognition cards. However, the accredited consultants are however not medical care providers. They have been assigned given responsibilities aimed at meeting the patient’s needs. Primarily, they are entitled to fill the patient information from their authorization forms into the system and therefore generate medical marijuana recognition cards.
They assist the patients to identify products that will aid them to qualify for marijuana medication, educate the patients on the approaches and benefits of using products and prescribe to them on the proper usage. They again advise patients on the appropriate storage of products aimed at their safety especially from children and aid in the answering questions concerning the medical marijuana laws.
However, it is not guaranteed that the marijuana medical personnel to provide advice diagnose any of the ailments, open and use the real products while demonstrating on how to use them and recommend the diverse current treatments concerning marijuana.
The marijuana medical consultants must meet given requirements to qualify for registration. They must have 21 years and above, complete the training approved by the medical department and issued a certificate as proof. Again, they must have to complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) induction. The CPR program is not conducted during the 20-hour training but before application of the certificate. They also must provide a printout completed and submitted in person or through email to the Medical Marijuana Consultant Certification Application with all the required documents. The documents must be original, signed and those submitting must pay the set fee.
Generally, for practitioners to qualify to offer medication to patients suffering from addiction and opioid, practitioners must acquire a federal drug addiction treatment act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver. They must have a license and therefore be in a good standing order as physicians as stipulated in article 131 of the NYS Education Law. Nurse practitioners must as well be in good standing order as stipulated in article 139 in the NYS Education Law. Physician assistants must also be in good standing order in the New York state as highlighted in article 131-B in the NYS Education Law under good supervision by a qualified and registered physician with the Medical Marijuana Program.
Qualified marijuana medical practitioners can freely issue certificates to qualifying patients. They have access to Medical Marijuana Data Management System found in the health commerce system. However, they are advised to consult regularly Prescription Monitoring Program before the issue of certificates to patients. The PMP registry program has meticulous substance prescriptions dispensing marijuana history.
In conclusion, medical marijuana certifications is a process that must be regulated by the state and federal laws in entirety. Without strict control of the issuance of the drug and medications, a range of substance disorder cases could be in the rise for a shorter period. Thus, a clearly defined set of rules must be put in place and proper training carried out by those prescribing the use of the drug to qualifying patients.