No family doctor? No problem.
The BC College of Physicians and Surgeons insists, people without family doctors can still access medical marijuana.
The regulatory body for doctors released a new set of standards for prescribing medical pot.
Doctors prescribing must now either be, or have the approval of, a patient’s primary physician.
But what happens when a person doesn’t have a family doctor, but relies on walk-in clinics?
College Registrar Dr. Heidi Oetter says seeing a doctor at the same clinic several times would count.
“If [a patient goes] back there two and three times, that looks like a long term relationship…it has certainly established a patient-physician relationship.”
The new rules also mean doctors can no longer prescribe medical pot to anyone under 25.
There are exceptions, for patients with HIV/Aids, those who experience seizures, or during palliative care.
CKNW’s Simi Sara spoke to reporter Shelby Thom about what the new rules mean.
Lack of consultation with doctors
Meanwhile, The College admits it did not fully consult doctors and patients before issuing a new policy.
Oetter says the board and the working members of the committee looking at the issue were the only ones consulted.
“We did not go through a formal external consultation, but really relied on what is considered best practice.”
Oetter says the College will investigate complaints.
Doctors could be disciplined for not complying with the new rules.