Medical cannabis is legal in the state of Oklahoma, but the health care system does not provide access to treatment ...
Potential medical cannabis patients in and around Tulsa do not find suppliers or doctors willing to make prescriptions. This, several months after Oklahoma became the 30e state of the United States to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. To the detriment of patients, the health care system in Oklahoma does not seem to be adaptable to medical cannabis.
A health system opposed to medical cannabis
In Tulsa, some believe that the health care system warns their doctors to stay away from cannabis. And so, not to offer patients cannabis care. Patients seeking a license or prescription are through their care providers. And that, in many medical centers ... Yet at the end of August, theOMMA has published a list of 38 physicians registered as affiliated to medical cannabis.
A spokeswoman for one of them said their clinic complies with federal and state laws governing the practice of medicine.
"To this end, Warren Clinic's physicians and providers are not able to endorse or promote the use of cannabis in their patients."
Another medical center says cannabis, as a Schedule I drug, lacks clinical evidence for therapeutic purposes ...
"To this end, doctors and healthcare providers at the OSUMC are not in a position to approve or promote the use of cannabis in their patients," according to a statement from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. .
Other health care systems based in Tulsa, such as Integris and Hillcrest, have a more or less open policy ... Thus, some allow exceptions for hematologists, oncologists, palliative care physicians and management physicians. pain.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA)
38 registered physicians are affiliated with medical cannabis. However, OMMA admits that this list was published "out of courtesy to potential OMMA candidates." This concerned physicians who were willing to sign a recommendation for a treatment or access card to medical cannabis.
Dr. Katrina Crader, a physician at the UKPsych Psychiatric Clinic in South Tulsa, is among those enrolled. She treats patients with anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, chronic pain and cancer. On cannabis, she says:
"I saw more and more that patients who tried marijuana for medical purposes were taking fewer medications. In particular, to relieve their anxiety. They did not become addicted to opioids or benzos (like Valium, Xanax and Ativan). "
"They found that marijuana for medical purposes was more than enough to control both their addiction and their anxiety. So I thought, "It's something I have to do for my clients." "We are here to educate and make sure that it is used correctly, like any medicine."
To date, only 9 doctors from the Tulsa region have registered with OMMA ...