When a patient needs to be seen by a doctor to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana, the doctor’s office is usually a one-stop shop for ordering marijuana.
However, some states, including Texas, are looking to make it easier for patients to get the medication they need with the help of a medical doctor.
The Associated Press reports that in 2018, more than a quarter of the states in the US have laws that allow medical marijuana prescriptions for patients with chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy-related spasticity, and a variety of other conditions.
According to the AP, the state of Alaska also allowed doctors to order medical marijuana to treat pain, but it only applies to patients who have already received treatment for a specific disease or condition.
The AP reports that the move is a step toward a “medical marijuana delivery system” that will enable people with debilitating conditions to access marijuana without having to travel to their doctors.
Medical marijuana advocates say the law is an important step in addressing medical marijuana access in Texas.
“We’ve seen that medical marijuana has been a huge boon for Texans with chronic conditions,” said Lauren Clements, communications director for the Texas Association of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.
“It allows them to get treatment without the hassle of getting prescriptions, and the state has a lot of experience with that.
The medical marijuana program was designed to help people with chronic diseases get their medicine at a convenient, accessible and affordable rate.”
The law also gives Texans access to a special form of prescription medication that allows them and their doctors to obtain the medicine without having it tested or prescribed.
“This is a very simple process,” said Dr. John J. Pate, director of the division of emergency medicine at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“You fill out a form and the doctor sends you a letter saying the medication is approved for your condition.
We can make the recommendation to the doctor, and then they can prescribe it to you.”
A recent study by the University of Texas Health Science Center found that a patient’s marijuana use was linked to a significant decrease in hospitalizations for certain diseases.
“That’s one of the reasons why we believe it is a good time to make that transition,” said Pate.
“There are other benefits, but I don’t think this is one of them.”