ALTOONA, Pa. — A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from males making an attempt to arrange appointments after listening to she was permitted to prescribe medical marijuana.
Dr. Liang Bartkowiak tells the Altoona Mirror she was talked about within the media as being eligible to certify medical marijuana customers, after which her workplace telephone began ringing off the hook. It was primarily males on the road.
Bartkowiak tells the newspaper she was shocked, since she’s an OB-GYN who treats ladies completely.
A 2016 state regulation offers individuals beneath a health care provider’s care entry to medical marijuana in the event that they endure from an sickness on an inventory of 17 qualifying circumstances.
The regulation permits drugs, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana, however not marijuana in plant type.
Medical doctors who’ve undergone particular coaching should certify the sickness and sufferers should receive an identification card from the Well being Division.
Based mostly on the calls she’s been getting, Bartkowiak mentioned she thinks many individuals misunderstand what the regulation permits.
“I believe laypeople are going to wish very plain terminology. … You are going to have to return proper out and say, ‘You aren’t going to get a joint to smoke.’ That’s not what medical marijuana goes to be,” she advised the paper.
For now, Bartkowiak mentioned she hopes the system will develop additional so she is not the one physician approving sufferers in Altoona. OB-GYNs are in brief provide right here, she mentioned, and he or she will not have time to deal with new sufferers searching for marijuana.
In line with the Altoona Mirror, the state Division of Well being says 200 extra docs are within the means of being skilled.
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