Utah medical marijuana Companies could suffer as doctors hold off recommendations

Utah medical marijuana firms could suffer as doctors hold off recommendations

A number of Utah’s biggest health-care providers are hesitant to recommend medical cannabis to qualified patients – a growth that could cause the market to grow more slowly.

Intermountain Healthcare, the state’s biggest provider with 23 hospitals and 170 clinics in its own system, has told its physicians to hold off advocating medical marijuana until guidelines are developed, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

University of Utah Health holds a similar position, and a spokeswoman told the newspaper that the guidelines may not be completed for many months.

As has been the case in other MMJ states, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prohibits doctors from prescribing marijuana since it’s illegal under federal law.

But some doctors are active in advocating medical marijuana, according to the Tribune.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed a compromise MMJ bill into law in early December.

The legislation allows only up to seven pharmacies statewide. A less restrictive initiative approved by voters in November would have allowed 20.

It’s envisioned that the private system will be supplemented with a state-owned central pharmacy that will distribute products to local health departments for individual pickup.

Released at Mon, 24 Dec 2018 20:24:15 +0000

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