GOVERNOR POLIS APPROVES TELEMEDICINE / REMOTE MEANS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA EVALUATIONS

THANK YOU to EAN SEEB at Governor Polis’s office for your help protecting medical marijuana health professionals, patients, and care providers! ______________________________________________________

Executive Order D-2020-11 suspends the in-person exam requirement for a medical marijuana recommendation during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.  The Important Part for us is this section:

“B. I temporarily suspend C.R.S. § 25-1.5-106(2)(a.5)(I), which requires an appropriate personal physical examination for the issuance of medical marijuana cards, for a period of thirty (30) days until April 18, 2020, to prevent exposure of COVID-19 among medical professionals and medical marijuana patients.”

The Governors Office suggests we limit in-person contact with our patients as much as possible for the next 30 days.  The Order also allows patients to order online from dispensaries and use a pick-up window to limit contact when purchasing meds.  So you may as well read the whole thing.

Full Executive Order is below:

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New CDPHE Rules on time-limited recommendations, the new “anything for which you would otherwise prescribe an opiate” condition, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Dentists, etc are Here:  5 CCR 1006-2 Emergency Rulemaking Packet 07012019

Biggest take-away:  Non-physicians can only write for “Disabling” conditions, NOT “Debilitating” conditions.  That limits them to only 3 qualifying conditions: Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, and Acute Pain for which they would otherwise prescribe an opiate.  No glaucoma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, seizures, muscle spasms, or cachexia.

We are considering holding a 4 hour class on How to Write a Colorado Medical Marijuana Recommendation for new cannabis practitioners. Topics to include: ECS Basics, Routes of Administration, State of Colorado Rules & Regulations, and Patient Care and Counsel including filling out State forms online.

Let me know if you are interested at Email: mjformds@gmail.com

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