Dialogue Volume 11 Issue 1 2015 - Page 21

policy matters Setting out expectations for MDs who prescribe marijuana Feedback heard during the consultation informs policy C ouncil has approved a policy that sets out expectations for those physicians who prescribe dried marijuana for medical purposes. The policy was developed in light of new federal regulations that significantly alter the legislative framework governing patient access to dried marijuana. Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), physicians have primary responsibility for the decision to authorize patient use of dried marijuana for medical purposes. Physicians enable patients to access a legal supply of dried marijuana by completing a medical document that functions like a conventional prescription. The policy received much feedback during the consultation (see infographic below). And in response to feedback, seve Ʌ