Time’s Up for Health Care: Embrace Cannabis
by Dan Larkin
The time’s up. Health care must embrace cannabis. Doctors can no longer stick their heads in the sand and act as if they don’t see and know what’s happening in America and around the world. Health insurance companies must start covering medical cannabis as a viable treatment for their customers’ illnesses, ailments, and diseases.
No more pussy-footing around. Hiding behind the excuse that cannabis “is still a Schedule 1 narcotic”, or, “there isn’t enough research yet” doesn’t cut it. It’s time for the health care industry and medical communities to pull their collective heads out of….the sand.
Many hospitals and groups have flat-out prohibited doctors from discussing cannabis with patients or writing certifications for use, both of which are legal under U.S. law.
Medical cannabis by the numbers
Look, there are only 4 states left that don’t have some form of legalized cannabis on the books (South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, and Kansas). There are 33 states (plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and other territories) that have legal medical cannabis programs and there are now 11 states (and Washington D.C.) that have legalized adult use cannabis.
A recent poll showed 93% of voters support medical cannabis if a doctor prescribes it. Ninety. Three. Percent. Add to that, 63% of all Americans favor adult use legalization and you should get the picture. Cannabis is here to stay.
So, health care, what are you waiting for?
So, I have to ask the medical community, what are you waiting for? You need to embrace health care programs that incorporate cannabis. Why are you not educating yourself about cannabis? Why aren’t you educating your patients about it? The same goes for the giant health insurance industry. Don’t you see how this is important to your patients and customers?
You have to know how it looks to your patients, right? Like you’re just in the pocket of “Big Pharma” and you only care about profits. You hear everyone saying that, don’t you? Well, this is the time to do something you can really feel good about doing.
It isn’t even that hard. You can start talking to your patients who already have incorporated cannabis into their lives. Try to drop the judgment and actually listen to and learn from them. You can seek out educational opportunities through colleges and universities.
Heck, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) has even launched a new Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to support patients and the medical cannabis industry. You know, if they can do that, surely others can conceive of programs that would get the health care industry on board with medical cannabis education and training, don’t you think?
Health care is designed to meet the needs of the public. An efficient health care system contributes to a significant part of a country’s economy, development, and industrialization. We know that health care is also an important determinant in promoting the general physical and mental health and well-being of people. So let’s find a way to get the health care system into the game.
We want doctors and insurers on our side. You know we’re counting on you to help us. Cannabis is something that works. Help us help you to help us. Health care, embrace cannabis, please. The time is now.
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