Pot doctors to face new rules in Colorado

March 14th, 2011 - 8:28 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Colorado, Mar 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Authorities in Colorado are trying to tighten the rules on pot prescription in the state. The move is to discourage abuse.

The Colorado Board of Health is reportedly working on plans to decide which doctors would be able to prescribe marijuana to patients. The move is meant to control how the drug is used and prescribed in the state.

The lawmakers according to reports ultimately want to ensure that doctors only get to prescribe the drug to patients who have made multiple visits. The challenge according to the report is how to come out with the kind of doctors who can prescribe the drugs.

According to AP, one of the criteria that the lawmakers are considering is “whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses – such as a surgeon being banned from surgery after developing arthritis – should be able to recommend pot.”

Some argue that getting the doctor to know patients more before prescribing pot to them would eventually help stop the so-called ‘marijuana mills’. Opponents of the proposal however argue that multiple visits of a patient are not necessary to determine whether a patient needs pot or not.

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