With the news that thousands of patient applications are on hold due to screenings being performed by physician assistants, or others who aren't the doc, the Cannabis Business Alliance put together a quick guide for people interested in becoming patients. (As well, if you're one of the lucky ones who've had their application held up, the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America has some things you can do here.)
The Medical Evaluation Process
• Use a reputable physician in good standing with the Medical Board - a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Be cautious of places offering low-cost evaluations. Your patient may end up paying twice if the evaluation was done incorrectly.
• Bring relevant medical documentation.
• Do not allow Physician's Assistants (PAs) or Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to conduct the evaluation. Request a doctor. CDPHE can only approve applications with DO or MD recommendations.