COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT

COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT

Evaluations for Low-THC Cannabis pursuant to Florida's Compassionate Care Act

Patient suffering from a physical medical condition that chronically produces sympotms of seizures or sever and persistent muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease ALS, HIV/AIDS Cronhn’s Disease, Acute Glaucoma or PTSD may be elgibile for non[euphoric, low-THC cannabis. 

Requirements

1. Schedule a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Susan Crum for a mental health evaluation to insure ability to take prescribed low-THC cannabis as prescribed and to rule out risk of abuse; as well as to document the presence of PTSD for those patients pursuing treatment on that basis. She will then schedule your for an appointment with Dr. Eric Palosky, DO, (who has undergone the training required to order cannabis for patients. Dr. Palosky may only order low-THC cannabis for a patient if he has treated that patient during the immediate preceding three (3) months). This means if have not already been under his care, you will need to be for at least three months before he can order the low-THC cannabis for you.

2. Dr. Palosky must determine that the risks of ordering low-THC cannabis are reasonable in light of the potential benefit for that patient. If a patient is younger than 18 years of age, a second physician must concur with this determination, and such determination must be documented in the patient’s medical record.

3. Dr. Palosky must obtain voluntary, informed consent in writing from the patient, or the patient’s legal guardian, to treatment with low-THC cannabis after sufficiently explaining the current state of knowledge in the medical community of the effectiveness of treatment of the patient’s condition with low-THC cannabis, the medically acceptable alternatives, and the potential risks and side effects.

4. Dr. Palosky must enter an order of low-THC cannabis for the named patient into the Compassionate Use Registry, and update the registry to reflect the contents of the order He must deactivate the patient’s registration when treatment is discontinued.

5. Dr. Palosky must maintain a patient treatment plan that includes the dose, route of administration, planned duration, and monitoring of the patient’s symptoms and other indicators of tolerance or reaction to the order for low-THC cannabis. Dr. Crum monitors patients psychological benefits from or reactions to the low-THC cannabis and updates Dr. Palosky monthly. Dr. Palosky submits the patient treatment plan quarterly to the University of Florida, College Of Pharmacy, for research on the safety and efficacy of low-THC cannabis on patients.

6.Finally, a patient may fill their order at a qualified dispensing organization. The dispensing organization will verify the identity of the patient or legal representative, as well as the existence of an order in the Compassionate Use Registry. A dispensing organization may not dispense more than a 45-day supply of low-THC cannabis.

What may Cannabis help me with?

Pain relief. Cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects that appear to play a role in pain relief.

Cannabinoid receptions have also been found in brain cells that control vomiting and nausea and may be beneficial for certain types of chemotherapy.

Anxiety and Sleep in PTSD. It appears that cannaboid receptors in the brain and peripheral nervous system have a role in control of mood and anxiety.

What side effects might I experience if treatment is discontinued?

Sleep disturbance Hight flashes Restlessness irritability Rarely nausea and cramping. These symptoms generally abate after a few days.

Frequently asked questions about Medical Marijuana

Common Questions

How do I know if my condition qualifies me for medical marijuana?

To qualify for medical marijuana in Florida, your condition must be chronic and severe. . This means it must have been present for at least a six month period or more, it must be presently currently and there must be no expectation of improvement. It must also be a condition that interferes with daily living activities, such as maintaining employment, sleeping, or leisure activities on a regular or continuous basis and negatively affect your quality of life.

  Conditions that may meet this criteria are pain, seizure disorders, severe and persistent muscle spasms. Your doctor will need to provide a diagnosis such as : cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which Dr. Palosky believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for you.

When can I apply for a card?

Florida passed Amendment 2 by a large margin On November 8th 2016. This Amendment allowing for the medical use of marijuana. The law officially becomes active January 3rd 2017. Under the law the state has six months to finalize the rules and administrative details of the program and nine months to begin issuing cards. In other words, registration cards will be available no later than late September or early October 2017.

What if I don’t have a regular doctor or medical records?

Dr. Palosky sees patients with a range of qualifying conditions and may diagnose your condition. However, if you have been treating with another physician we require medical records so he may affirm to the state that the patient has a current, chronic condition. In addition, we require a psychological screening with Dr. Crum to confirm that you understand how to use the medical marijuana appropriately and are not an addict with drug seeking behavior.

What if I have marijuana-related legal issues pending?

We respectfully ask that you resolve any outstanding marijuana-related legal issues before seeking endorsement through Central Florida Neuropsychology and Dr. Palosky.

Who is a typical patient?

Many of our patients are seniors or veterans suffering from debilitating chronic conditions who have tried many traditional pain medications. Some of our patients have had bad experiences with prescription pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs. Others have no insurance to cover prescription costs. In all cases we take a holistic approach working with you to address effective pain management skills, helping you overcome depression related to your illness and striving to help you maximize your quality of life.

What is your payment policy

We accept cash, money order, debit or credit card as payment on the day of service for Sessions with Dr. Palosky. Dr. Crum accepts most insurance for the psychological screening and monitoring.

Recent News on Medical Marijuana

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  • Jacksonville's 1st medical marijuana dispensary opens13 Jul 2017 02:28News4Jax
  •  7/12/2017: Medical Cannabis; Medical Malpractice Awareness Month; IKEA; Barbara Gubbin13 Jul 2017 02:03WJCT 




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