NORTHWEST ARKANSAS – Any doctor in Arkansas can provide a recommendation for medicinal use of Marijuana. But only the state can approve your actual prescription.
Tuesday night, an Arkansas pharmacist worked to educate and ease concerns of his colleagues on the new cannabis law.
Josh Winninghan, Arkansas Pharmacist said, “Some patients are getting some push back from doctors on getting the physician certification formed signed. I think a lot of that comes from a lack of understanding on the physicians part on what their role really is.”
Winninghan made it his responsibility to help educate Natural state doctors and pharmacists.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Arkansas since last November, and the application process for I-D cards opened up last month.
“There has not been a recorded incidence of a doctor being sued for malpractice for the recommendation of medical marijuana or a doctor losing their license if they are following in a accordance with the state law,” said Winninghan.
Winninghan said many doctors are worried about what could legally happen if they recommend medical pot.
But without their recommendation… A patient cannot receive their medical marijuana I-D card.
“If they are acting in accordance with the state law, acting in good faith..and having the proper patient-doctor relationships, then there isn’t any reason for the physicians to be concerned,” said Winninghan.
Another aspect to the law is every dispensary needs a pharmacist. In Arkansas, there is no required training to be a dispensary pharmacist.
“The way I see it, the pharmacist role is kind of the liaison between the physician who is recommending product, and the dispensary,” said Winninghan. “They’ll be in charge of patient assessment protocols and the self assessment forms that the patient fills out to ensure the treatment is effective adverse side