MMA Medical Marijuana Policy
Mystic Medical Associates (MMA) maintains an open mind about the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana (THC/CBD). There is an additional fee for this service. Current evidence has shown Medical Marijuana to be a more favorable alternative for many conditions. However, it is important to understand the potential dangers of using marijuana as well. Marijuana has long been considered a gateway drug with potential for abuse, dependency and addiction. As many of us know this can also be said about many other prescription medications as well. If you are an established patient of the practice and qualify for a medical card, we can help you. Lets the discussion begin with your PCP and stop being afraid to ask the question. However, qualification for licensure to purchase medical marijuana requires the individual to meet certain criteria outline by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Individuals who meet the state qualifications, and have been considered to benefit from the use of medical marijuana will also have to meet the MMA practice guidelines as well. Please read below.
Mystic Medical Associates must have a bona fide relationship with the patient in order to register them with the program. Patients must be established as primary care patients with annual physical exams and routine follow up appointments to discuss and review treatment plans and review outcomes.
A bona fide physician-patient relationship means a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition or a symptom of the patient's debilitating medical condition whereby the physician has:
Completed a medically reasonable assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition;
Diagnosed the patient as having a debilitating medical condition;
Prescribed, or determined it is not in the best interest to prescribe, prescription drugs to address the symptoms or effects for which the certification is being issued;
Concluded that, in the physician’s medical opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks to the patient; and
Explained the potential risks and benefits of the palliative use of marijuana to the patient or, where the patient lacks legal capacity, to the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the patient.
In addition, the physician should be reasonably available to provide follow-up care and treatment for the patient, including any examinations necessary to determine the efficacy of marijuana for treating the patient's debilitating medical condition, or a symptom thereof.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
Available to patients who meet qualifications.