LET’S USE COMPASSION TO HANDLE NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION??

I have a feeling this will not be a very popular concept in some circles, but I have given it a lot of thought and it is, after all, my blog. There is legislation in California, Washington State, with more to soon follow that is trying to make serious changes to the Medical Cannabis System in these states.

You should read the above legislation. The main guts is that the medical cannabis stores are going to be left alone and instead, this bill is looking to legislate under which circumstances a physician can write a cannabis recommendation. The position, even in Washington State, where “Adult” cannabis is nearly legal, is that Medical Cannabis should be handled the same way as all other medical care; through the mainstream medical system, your Primary Care Physician or a specialist referred to by your PCP.

By FAR, the two real issues here are that many patients do not have a PCP and even if they do, often the physician is not comfortable writing the letter. This could have devastating effects on the Medical Cannabis Physician’s practice. i.e., more and more states, even when “weed” is legal, want to make Medical Cannabis look and feel like “real medicine”.

So, as a Medical Cannabis Physician, what is my reaction? Well, it is significantly effected by my just having signed up for COVEREDCA.COM. This is now mandatory insurance for all of us; like it or not. For those out there with very low income, the fees are very low. If you make decent money, of course it is not very reasonable and I am sure a lot of details and coverage will be issues, but that has ALWAYS, been the case and will ALWAYS be the case.

To play the devil’s advocate, if plenty of cannabis flowers and edibles are becoming legally available in some states and soon in California, why shouldn’t Medical Cannabis be handled the same as all other care?

A physician who practices Medical Cannabis can either also accept Primary Care Patients, or associate with physicians who do. For the patients who are truly destitute and also need cannabis, shouldn’t be be helping them pay for their insurance through our Collectives? There are patients who can afford “retail” prices who are already paying for many patients who can’t afford their cannabis products. Why not take it a step further?

In the California Ballot Initiative for 2014, there is NO SALES TAX PROPOSED FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS “donations”.

Why not add a few % to all sales and place this in a Collective Patient Health Care Fund? For the truly needy, the cost per month for insurance will be minimum. The physicians will support these forms of truly compassionate Collectives even without a single referral. The MD support will come from the simple fact that these physician groups have incorporated cannabis in a meaningful and real way. It is so “real”, in fact, that the State of California and “The Affordable Care Act” would both support it.

Millions of Californians and Washingtonians will be covered by the new health insurance. It is in fact the law. Let’s help our patients get all the care they deserve, not just their cannabis. We can all have improved businesses instead of being pushed out of the way AND, there will be a lot of pressure on other PCP to accept cannabis, if they want to continue their practices!!

I realize this is not easy, but it can be done. I know it can be done.

Cannabis can underwrite our healthcare. Love it.

Author
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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