Is The Cannabis Physician The Gatekeeper

I do browse various forums and when I feel compelled to do so, write something. Last week I wrote that in medical cannabis, the physician is the gatekeeper. It was met with a lot of opposition and taken as if I and other docs “owned it all”.

Here is my response:

I would love NOT to be the gatekeeper of medical cannabis, but as a physician doing this as part of my work makes me one. The explosion of “questionable” doctor offices was simultaneous with the vast increased numbers of collectives. I don’t know which began first, but one fed the other for certain as they worked and still work closely together. I am in favor of making cannabis as legal as any herb sold in any store. For my personal practice of cannabis medicine, it would allow a lot more growth – not kill it. Most of my patients are coming from mainstream MD’s.

My first choice of what would happen is full legalization with regulations for any retail sales as should be the case with any food or medicine. The “doc in the boxes” will be long gone and collectives who cater to either high end (pun intended) flowers and/or dosed cannabis medicine/herb/supplement.

Anybody over 21, or any age with a formal note from mom or dad, can purchase any of the products. There will be a few percent who will want medical advise and the rest will just try it the way they do any herb.

I can’t wait to hear why this is crazy. 


Allan Frankel, MD Dr Allan Frankel is one of the few physicians in the US who truly understands Cannabis as a medicine. All treatments suggested have been well studied. Every patient seen by Dr Frankel is given a personally created Treatment Plan created with the patient's specific issues defined. Plant medicine requires "tuning" of the dosing. Dr Frankel works with his patients thru a messaging portal. The use of this portal, allows quick and simple follow up contact with Dr Frankel. Patients are not charged for these messages, as this is how Dr Frankel has learned what he has learned. Follow up appointments in person or by phone/video are also available when needed

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