Physician warns about fee for medical marijuana qualification appointments

Physician warns about fee for medical marijuana qualification appointments

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The AFC Urgent Care in Pinellas Park is buzzing, now with two physicians who can legally prescribe medical marijuana. They’re the first AFC clinic in the country to get on board, and they say, you may not know other doctors offices can charge you to get qualified for a medical marijuana script. Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Right now, thousands of you are sounding off on our ABC Action News Facebook page about whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in Florida in addition to medical marijuana. Ten times as many of you answered "Yes" to our poll than those who answered "No." You may not realize, some physicians prescribing medical marijuana are at urgent care clinics. “Several hundred phone calls and we’ve done around 15 pre-qualifications this week alone,” Stephanie Gregor, practice adminstrator, AFC Pinellas Park, said. The AFC Urgent Care in Pinellas Park is buzzing, now with two physicians who can legally prescribe medical marijuana. They’re the first AFC clinic in the country to get on board, and they say, you may not know other doctors offices can charge you to get qualified for a medical marijuana script. “They’re going to charge you for that appointment, regardless of whether you qualify or not, we won’t, we charge you once we know that you have gone through the pre-qualification process and that you could apply for the medical marijuana,” Gregor said. She said, elsewhere, a pre-qualification appointment can run up to $300. “I’m sure some physicians who have no experience with medical marijuana are getting on the bandwagon and they will attempt to abuse the system,” Dr. Louis Frosch, family physican at AFC Pinellas Park, said. This is all pretty new, but […]

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