Ideally a physician and patient know what dose of medicine and what type of medicine the patient is taking. This enables the physician and patient to have follow up contact and be able to decide what adjustments to therapy should be made.
As always, I am NOT saying this is not possible with smoked or non-dosed medication, but I am saying that for sicker patients, having this information allows follow up adjustments that are more rational and “scientific”. The more the physician works with dosed cannabis medications, the more clear it becomes what the boundaries and doses are.
So, we are finally at a point where formal “Medical Cannabis Treatment Plans” can be generated for patients. Myself and other physicians are working on these right now. With our cooperating and sharing patient information, we will learn so much more so much more quickly.
There have been “rumors” for years that doctors giving patients advice on dosing and type of medicine was federally illegal as “aiding and abetting”. I have never seen this written anywhere. Also, ultimately it is nearly impossible to imagine a federal indictment against a physician giving information to his/her patients.
So, to clarify, the following is an excerpt from the opinion letter of a prominent California attorney who is very familiar with State and Federal laws regarding medical cannabis. His opinion letter is in regard to a Medical Treatment Plan we developed and submitted to him for review :
“In my opinion, those documents in the form presented to me are acceptable pursuant to the law. Moreover, in my opinion providing such documents to patients in the form presented would not subject a physician to any legitimate enforcement or administrative action from federal or state law enforcement or medical agencies”