Medical marijuana has been in the headlines this week since the BC College of Physicians announced only family doctors should be prescribing pot.
But Doctor Ian Mitchell says there are a lot of people who don’t have access to a family physician.
“Even those that have a family physician are often very reluctant to approach they’re family physical because if they bring up the topic of medical cannabis and they’re physician is not someone who approves or is understand of that the patients have reported feeling very discriminated against.”
The College says doctors who prescribe pot should have knowledge of patient’s medical records before writing them a prescription.
While the College is changing the regulations for how people can get medical marijuana, the operations manager at BC Pain Society says they accept any number of documents.
“We either look for a membership to another dispensary so that way they’ve already signed up through somebody with a doctor’s note or approval of some kind. And then other than that doctor’s prescription for per grams, per day.”
Operations manager Austin Fishman says even a notary form works.
“So you can go to a notary, and talk to a notary there and they have a declaration form you can sign stating you want to use for medicinal use and you talk to a doctor, and then basically they sign that, they pay her $40 and then they bring that form to us and we sign them up as a member that way.”