How Skype Is Making It Easier to Get A Medical Marijuana Prescription

In many places, getting a medical marijuana card is easier than ever: if you're legitimately suffering from a condition that qualifies under your state's medical marijuana program, you're likely good to go.

To see if medical marijuana is right for a patient, doctors perform a “good faith” exam, looking at medical history, any conditions that might preclude them from using cannabis, and whether cannabis can help with current symptoms. Increasingly, these exams are conducted via Skype or a secure video link. In order to get a consultation, patients can go directly to a service like Eaze or Meadow, skipping the travel, long wait times, and hassle of a doctor's appointment. For a nominal fee of $30-$50, most patients can get a medical marijuana card, and have medicine delivered to their door, with a minimal wait-time.

In some states, telemedicine providers are required by law to have a pre-existing relationship with the patients to whom they're prescribing: the provider may also need to document an eligible qualifying condition (like PTSD, glaucoma, or cancer), which means they might need access to medical records from a family doctor or another physician who performed a recent checkup. 

While services vary from state to state, tens of thousands of patients have already received their medical marijuana cards via telemedicine consultations - and as the industry, and the guidelines surrounding e-consultations, become more robust, it's likely that those numbers will continue to grow. 


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