Several years ago, I knew that many of my patients were using cannabis. I wanted to open the discussion as part of their complete health care, but I was afraid. If I even mentioned it…would they think that I myself was a chronic pothead? Would they quit trusting my medical care or judgment? Would I regret it?

Then one day I had an unusual request. A patient who also happened to be a police officer, stopped to talk before leaving the office and said, “Doc – would you please start writing more recommendations for medical marijuana? I find pot in people’s possession and I ask them for their recommendation, and if they don’t have one I have to take them in. I don’t want to waste our time anymore. Please do your part to help.”

That was the day I decided to add medical cannabis recommendations to my full scope family practice.

Full Article:  On Recommending Cannabis to Patients