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Illinois Doctors Don't Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Robert Celt

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As the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act is being implemented, there seems to be a fallacy prevalent in the medical community.

A patient is not asking a physician to prescribe medical cannabis. Physicians do not prescribe but are asked to provide a written certification, on a Physician Written Certification Form, that their patient has a debilitating medical condition as identified by the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health form states on its face "this certificate does not constitute a prescription for medical cannabis."

A physician is requested to identify himself/herself; state years/months that the patient has been under care and the date the patient received an in person medical examination relating to the certification.

The physician is then asked to state that the patient is diagnosed with and currently undergoing treatment for a debilitating medical condition(s) by checking from a list of 40 current debilitating conditions that qualify. (PTSD does not qualify.)

The physician mails the certifying form to the Department of Health, not as a prescription but as a certification of diagnosis. The certification requests the physician verify that a bonafide patient relationship exists, an in-person physical examination has been conducted, an assessment of the patient's medical history was completed and potential risks have been explained.

The physician can refuse to certify a diagnosis but should be wary of doing so.



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