The visit with a medical marijuana doctor is no different that going to see any other physician; it remains part of your confidential medical record and nothing you discuss can be told to state or federal law enforcement agencies. However, we know it can be intimidating when you visit any physician about your health, so here we talk about what to expect when you visit the medical marijuana doctor.
When you arrive a doctor, nurse, or another staff member will greet you and point you to a private examination room or public waiting to fill out some paperwork. Arrive early to allow plenty of time to fill out all the clinic's forms and questionnaires, or some doctor's offices will let you fill them out online before your visit.
Bring your medical records (lab work, including X-ray/MRI results, worker's compensation/disability paperwork) and any documentation of a diagnosis that you intend to treat with cannabis. These are important, as they are the legal basis for your claim to medical marijuana and protection from legal prosecution.
The doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical examination based on the materials you give to decide if they qualify for treatment using medical marijuana.
If your doctor recommends medical marijuana as a good treatment option, he or she will go over the risks and benefits of using cannabis as well as the different ways to consume it before scheduling a follow-up visit.
Your doctor will write a medical marijuana recommendation (federal law deems it is not a prescription) in the form of a certificate or a photo ID card that you will need to present at a cannabis dispensary to get your medicine. The recommendation is good for one year.
Payment will need to be made by the end of your visit with the medical marijuana doctor, and most offices accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards.
However, there are some things you should be aware of the are not typical of legitimate visits with medical marijuana doctors. Under the law, physicians who provide recommendations for medical marijuana can not be affiliated with or recommend a cannabis dispensary in any way. Do a little research to verify the doctor you're visiting is certified before your appointment if you have any doubts.