As a member of the cannabis industry, you are in a tough spot. As a medical cannabis industry employee, you are in an even tougher spot. Colorado law has a list of qualifying conditions for obtaining a medical marijuana card. These ailments qualify you to receive a recommendation from a certified medical doctor.
When the patient leaves the doctor’s office, they are no longer with a qualified medical caretaker. Many patients do not understand the difference between a recommendation and a prescription, or a pharmacist and a budtender. They think that their budtender should be able to recommend products for their qualifying conditions, which is not the case.
With the recent Marijuana Enforcement Division Industry Wide Bulletin 18-06, this has been further clarified. Until now, there was very little enforcement of the issue, but recent un-favorable headlines has since changed this. These headlines were from a Denver Health study where 400 dispensaries were contacted and asked about using cannabis for morning sickness. 69% of those contacted made the recommendation.
They were not doctors, and they should not be making recommendations for any disease, especially one with a specific additional warning. During the time of this study, the warning “There may be additional health risks associated with the consumption of this product for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on becoming pregnant” was required on the label of every container containing cannabis. MED Bulletin 18-06 states:
This means misspeaking can carry the same penalty as mislabeling, which can be considered a “License Violation Affecting Public Safety” and can carry up to a $100,000 fine. If you are caught recommending product to a pregnant woman, you are probably going to get the book at this time.
The best response when pushed by a patient or customer about medical conditions is: “I am not a doctor, and recommend that you speak with a qualified medical provider before making any decisions regarding cannabis use.”
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