WSLCCB WASHINGTON LIQUOR AND CANNABIS BOARD SPOKANE MEETING

NOV 3 Spokane public hearing on medical marijuana rules next Tuesday, Nov. 3 … 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location:  Spokane Convention Center Meeting Room 401 223 West Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201 … Page – BJR – Oct 29 2015 – 1:06pm – 0 attachments PLEASE ATTEND AND SUPPORT MEDICAL CANNABIS , SPEAKERS WILL NEED TO ARRIVE 1 HR EARLY TO SIGN UP FOR SPEAKING TIMES ! SEE YOU ALL THERE!...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Frequently asked questions: “I don’t trust medical doctors so I haven’t been in to one for years. What do I do?” We are glad to review records for naturopathic doctors, DO’s, ODs, acupuncturists and chiropractors if you have been seeing one instead of a medical doctor. If you haven’t been to any healthcare provider you will need to find a care provider and begin treatment with them before you come see us. One appointment is not enough to establish care with them. We need to see that you have tried other treatments that were not successful so it requires multiple appointments. Let us know if you want a referral to a doctor you can have an honest conversation about cannabis with. ”I used to see a doctor but I haven’t in several years. I do have my condition documented in older records and it will never go away. Why do I need new records?” WA state law requires that you are in active treatment for your qualifying condition. We need new records to show who your doctor is and that you have seen them in the past year. You’ll need to see them at least once a year. “I see my doctor regularly for other problems but haven’t mentioned that I was in pain because I’ve just been using cannabis and it works!” We’re glad you have found a treatment that works for you, but WA state law requires that we have records showing that you’ve been in pain. Be sure to mention your pain to your doctor at every appointment so it is well-documented. “I’ve had a cannabis...

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR MEDICAL FILE WITH US

How to update your medical file- for patients that need additional information With the changes in WA state law, cannabis patients need to be able to prove current treatment of their qualifying condition. We understand that many conditions “will never go away” and that you may find seeking care futile in some cases but we must follow the state’s recommended guidelines to protect patients and our physicians. Following guidelines will allow us to continue providing care. You may have noticed that many facilities that used to offer cannabis authorizations no longer do so because of the stringent new guidelines. For chronic/intractable pain and many other conditions it is also necessary to document what treatments you have tried in the past. It’s ideal to do so through copies of your medical chart, labs and imaging reports, although we can also accept letters from your physician that confirm your diagnosis- ideal if they’d like to allow cannabis use for you but cannot authorize for various reasons. We can use records from all the health care providers you have seen: MD, ND, LAc, LMHC, Psy, DO, DC, LMT, PT are a few of the abbreviations you’ll find after these health care provider’s names. If you have medical records of your qualifying condition that are more than one year old, you’ll need to update your medical record. You can return to your physician to let them know you are still experiencing symptoms so that they are properly documented. If you don’t have a current physician, you’ll need to find one. There are many reasons it is best to have a current health care...

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

What to do before your appointment In order for your appointment to go smoothly, you’ll need to collect some information for our doctor. This is so that we know who your doctor is and what treatments you have tried in the past. This helps us create an appropriate treatment plan for you. If you are new to our office, please obtain records for the past 5 years, including records from the past year. We do require at least one document from care in the past year. All types of care are helpful for us to see- including medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc. If you cannot get records for the past 5 years, please get what you can. This is to show who you see for care and that you are currently being treated by this healthcare provider. Many qualifying conditions require that we show your condition is “chronic”- meaning long-term and that your condition impacts your ability to perform activities such as sleep, work, care for home, cooking, walking, etc. Pain fits into this category, for an intractable pain diagnosis you’ll need to show documents that prove that you’ve been in pain for at least a year and that you have tried other treatments without success. If you are a returning patient from our office we only need records from the past year so we know what care you have received in the past year, who you see for care, that you are currently being treated by this healthcare provider. In the event that you did not provide past records at your initial appointments, we appreciate...