Iowa Medical Marijuana Doctor
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Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Act of 2017: On May 12, 2017, Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 524 into law, enacting changes to Iowa’s previous Medical Cannabidiol Act passed on July 1, 2014. The previous law decriminalized the possession of cannabis oil used only in the treatment of chronic epilepsy. The 2017 Medical Cannabidiol Act added qualifying conditions and adjusted the legal amount of THC in CBD products to 3%. At this time, each patient may possess up to 32 ounces of medical cannabidiol, while each caregiver may possess up to 32 ounces of medical cannabidiol per patient. Further, its consumable forms must be non-smokable, though other acceptable forms have yet to be determined by the department. Also, qualified patients may possess and use medical CBD, but not manufacture or sell it. Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a pharmaceutical grade cannabinoid found in the plant Cannabis sativa L. or Cannabis indica known to neutralize the euphoria of THC and enhance its healing effects. CBD is also documented to provide efficient relief for the negative effects of conditions such as pain, anxiety, inflammation or depression. What Iowa Medical Marijuana Patients Need to Know: Currently, the Iowa Department of Public Health is working to identify tasks and develop timelines to implement HF 524, as well as the resources needed to accomplish those tasks. The new law also establishes a Medical Cannabidiol Board as well as timelines for licensing manufacturers and dispensaries. Iowa CBD manufacturers must, according to the 2017 law, begin supplying CBD to licensed dispensaries no later than 12/1/2018. The 2017 law also authorized two out-of-state CBD dispensaries to sell and dispense CBD to Iowa residents who possess a valid Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card. These border-state dispensaries have yet to be determined. A Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card will feature a photo of the patient or caregiver, will be valid for 12 months, and must be renewed annually. Medical Cannabidiol Registration Cards issued to patients and caregivers prior to May 5, 2017 will remain valid until the expiration date listed on the card. In order to protect patients, the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act grants patients and their caregivers in possession of Medical Cannabidiol Cards affirmative defense. Iowa’s Department of Public Health will maintain a confidential file of the names of patients and caregivers for whom the department issues a Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card. How to become an Iowa Medical CBD Patient: Iowa residents interested in becoming medical CBD patients may do so following a simple procedure. First, prospective patients must be aware that they must establish a bona fide patient-provider relationship with their primary health care practitioners in order to seek medical CBD written certifications. With the groundwork laid, patients must then schedule an appointment with their primary health care practitioners to discuss eligibility. If deemed eligible, the primary health care practitioners will assess patients with a written certification. Once assessed with a written certification for medical CBD, patients must complete the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card — Patient Application and mail it to the IDPH for processing. Once successfully processed, the IDPH will provide further, short instruction regarding how and when to obtain the actual Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card from the Iowa Department of Transportation. As of 5/12/2017, each complete patient application must include: 1. The patient’s full name, Iowa residence address, date of birth, and telephone number 2. Valid photo identification 3. Full name, address, and telephone of primary care practitioner 4. Full name, address, date of birth, and phone number of each primary caregiver of the patient, if any 5. Certification from the patient’s primary health practitioner regarding the patient’s qualifying debilitating medical condition and designation of primary caregivers, if any Note that the fee for a patient application is $100; however, if the patient can attest to receiving social security disability benefits, supplemental security insurance payments, or being enrolled in a medical assistance program, the application fee is $25. Also, effective 6/19/2017, application forms for Medical Cannabidiol Registration Cards for patients and primary caregivers will be available on the IDPH website. How to become an Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Primary Caregiver: A primary caregiver, as defined by the Medical Cannabidiol Act, is a person who is a resident of Iowa or a bordering state including but not limited to a parent or legal guardian, at least eighteen years of age, who has been designated by a patient’s health care practitioner as a necessary caretaker taking responsibility for managing the well-being of the patient with respect to the use of medical cannabidiol. Those interested in becoming primary caregivers must follow a short set of instructions. First, the primary caregiver and his or her charge should meet with the primary health care practitioner to discuss the therapeutic use of medical cannabidiol. Then, the health care practitioner must sign the primary caregiver application while also marking the patient’s qualifying medical conditions. These denotations will be used by the medical cannabidiol dispensary to provide the patient with the correct type, amount, and form of medical cannabidiol. Once signed and marked, the prospective primary caregiver must then mail the application to the Iowa Department of Public Health for processing. Once successfully processed, the IDPH will provide further, short instruction regarding how and when to obtain the actual Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card from the Iowa Department of Transportation. As of 5/12/2017, each primary caregiver application must include: 1. The primary caregiver’s full name, residence address, date of birth, and telephone number 2. The patient’s full name 3. Copy of primary caregiver’s valid photo identification 4. Full name, address, and telephone number of the patient’s primary care practitioner 5. Certification from the patient’s primary health practitioner regarding the patient’s qualifying debilitating medical condition and designation of primary caregivers, if any. Note that the fee for a primary caregiver application is $25 and that a patient application does not apply for patients under 18 years of age. Also, effective 6/19/2017, application forms for Medical Cannabidiol Registration Cards for patients and primary caregivers will be available on the IDPH website. What Iowa Medical CBD Physicians Need to Know: A written certification is a document signed by a doctor stating that, following an evaluation of the patient's medical history and current condition(s), the patient would benefit from medical CBD use. Doctors must also specify the patient’s qualifying medical condition(s) within the written certification. Physicians are legally protected from penalty or prosecution for providing written certifications as long as they are operating within the specifications of Iowa legislation. Lastly, as required by the 2017 Medical Cannabidiol Act, the patient information sheet — entitled Information for Iowa Patients about the Therapeutic Use of Medical Cannabidiol — provides explanatory information about the possible risks, benefits, and side effects of the proposed treatment. This information sheet may be found on the IDPH website under the Medical Cannabidiol Education Material tab. What are Iowa’s Medical CBD Qualifying Conditions? -Cancer (with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting) -Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms -Seizures -AIDS or HIV (as defined in Iowa Code, section 141A.1) -Crohn’s disease -Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -Any terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year (if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting; cachexia or severe wasting) -Parkinson’s disease -Untreatable pain