Medical marijuana uptake hinges on physician training, best practices

Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, 28 states have followed suit, increasing the number of patients that physicians encounter who wish to utilize medical marijuana – or who already do. This makes it increasingly important for physicians to be aware of their states’ laws and infrastructure that relate to medical marijuana use. This July, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the creation of a practitioner registry for physicians who intend to recommend medical marijuana. It is the most recent development in an ongoing process to implement the state’s medical marijuana program, which was enacted into law in April 2016.