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Astonished because I've been a lawful medical marijuana user since 2010. Brought my paperwork, and never was asked to being in my medical proof, other than list of medications.
I started in surprise staying I've never had to do this before, and the front office woman was trying to help me, as I was going to my phone to get to my medical records online.
I hear bellowing from the doctors office saying he's under no obligation to see me. Talk about compassion. I then tell him, as he strides out to give me a piece of his mind, that I have proof, I'm on social security disability and I'm on medicare for my disabilities.
He didn't want any of it and wants me to leave, staying he will not be my doctor. Yes, I cursed him out. I'm a senior citizen, and did not need to be treated the way he was treating me--like a criminal and drug abuser who's more concerned with himself than patients.
DO NOT give this place your money. I'll go to oakland and take my chances with some who may not really need medical marijuana and get my license there.
And after his reply to my yelp review:
Oh. And no I was not told. There's a Web page with a list of what to bring. Like every 420 doctor. I've NEVER had to bring actual medical records. I relied on my license from last year from a different doctor.
And that crap about laws changed, requiring more documentation? I was able to get my license elsewhere today with what i was going to present to this sheister. I wanted to show him my communications with my doctors on my kaiser doctor email pages, but this guy would not even allow things to get to that point. Because apparently I'm a "screaming mini" as he calls me. Only as a result of your charming bedside manner, doctor.
So don't piss him off, don't yell at him, and for God's sake don't threaten his medical licence! This man made me feel like a criminal trying to get an illicit license. Like it's his choice who he sees, and if he doesn't like you he'll come out and tell you to leave. And I'm not the only one. Oddly there are few very similar experiences others have had with this guy. I found 2 more yelp reviews with similar behaviors from the man.
Went to Access 420 yesterday, Saw Dr. Raskin. He was very compassionate, he listened, made suggestions for medicating. Great place, Great staff, VERY VERY NICE!!!!! Not like other places you hear or read about. We will definitly be back next year! Thank you!
Dr. Raskin is a very informed and compassionate MD. I wish my general care physician was as laid back and knowledgeable as he is! My favorite part of his office is that he maintains the professional ethos of a medical office--you don't feel like you're in touch with some hokey "weed doctor"; he's the real deal!
NOTICE TO CONSUMERS: The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ensures that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use cannabis for medical purposes where medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of medical cannabis. Recommendations must come from an attending physician as defined in Section 11362.7 of the Health and Safety Code. Cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the federal Controlled Substances Act. Activity related to cannabis use is subject to federal prosecution, regardless of the protections provided by state law.