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Old 05-16-2019, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Qadgop the Mercotan View Post
But touting it as a fix for nearly everything then making physicians complicit in approving it remains ludicrous.
In Pennsylvania, physicians are not made complicit in approving it. Any physician who does certification must:
  • Demonstrate to the Department of Health by training or expertise that he or she is qualified in treating one of the ďserious medical conditionsĒ eligible for treatment with medical marijuana including: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinsonís Disease and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Successfully complete the required four hour course established by the Department of Health
  • Hold a valid, unexpired, unrevoked, unsuspended Pennsylvania license to practice medicine

A physician approved to do certification may certify a patient if all of the following conditions are met:
  • The physician has determined, based upon a patient consultation and any other factor deemed relevant by the physician, the patient has a serious medical condition and has included that condition in the patientís health care record.
  • The physician has determined the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative medical benefit from the use of medical marijuana based upon the physicianís professional opinion,
  • The physician has reviewed the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program prior to issuing or modifying a patient certification to determine the controlled substance history of the patient to determine whether the controlled substance history of the patient would impact the patientís use of medical marijuana.
  • The physician has explained the potential risks and benefits of the use of medical marijuana to the patient and has documented in the patientís health care record that the explanation has been provided and informed consent has been obtained.