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A viewpoint regarding the dilemma of physicians caught between permissive local statutes and prohibitive federal regulations

Recommended Review of Attempted Measures Without Marijuana Use to Ease the Symptoms Caused by a Debilitating Medical Condition

  1. Advice about other options for managing the condition.

  2. Determination that the patient may benefit from the recommendation of marijuana.

  3. Advice about the potential risks of the medical use of marijuana to include

    • The variability of quality and concentration of marijuana;

    • The risk of cannabis use disorder;

    • Adverse events, exacerbation of psychotic disorder, adverse cognitive effects for children and young adults, and other risks, including falls or fractures;

    • Use of marijuana during pregnancy or breastfeeding;

    • The need to safeguard all marijuana and marijuana-infused products from children and pets or domestic animals; and

    • The need to notify the patient that the marijuana is for the patient’s use only and the marijuana should not be donated or otherwise supplied to another individual.

  4. Additional diagnostic evaluations or other planned treatments.

  5. A specific duration for the marijuana authorization for a period no longer than 12 months.

  6. A specific ongoing treatment plan as medically appropriate.

Cited Work: Chaudhry HJ, Hengerer AS, Snyder GB. Medical Board Expectations for Physicians Recommending Marijuana.  JAMA. 2016;316(6):577–578. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7741

Link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2529569 

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