Last year Colorado lawmakers passed HB 10 1284 and SB 10 109 with ambigious wording. Statements about a "bona fide" doctor-patient relationship being required left the issue hazy and unclear. These bills were the begginning of medical marijuana doctor recommendation legislation in Colorado. Due to the hazy nature of these bills, a committee was formed to provide rules for implementing the new laws. This committee, a part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) was called the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.
Issues with a few doctors led to the CDPHE rejecting thousands of medical marijuana card applications last year from doctors with license conditions. Some lawmakers want all doctors with conditions on their licenses to be barred from making medical marijuana refferrals. Unfortunately this one size fits all mentality only works in theory and not in practice. Many doctors have conditions on their licenses that in no way effect their ability to diagnose and make a medical marijuana refferral. For example maybe the condition is for restricting them from surgery due to arthritis are other physical limitations that effect only a small part of practicing medicine. Doctors with these types of restrictions are still fully capable of making a medical marijuana presription or recommendation.
The current legislative session has yet another bill in the works that will further limit or define exactly what the doctor-patient relationship needs to be before a legal medical marijuana refferral can be written. Tom Massey and Pat Steadman are pushing HB 1043 dubbed the 'medical marijuana clean-up bill' that may effect medical marijuana doctor recommendations and medical marijuana card applications in the future. It's still too early to tell exactly how this bill will change and the situation is once again unclear and hazy. The one thing we do know is that Colorado medical marijuana doctors may see some changes.
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