The (Medical Marijuana) Doctor Will See You Now: 'Canna Care' Connects Patients With Pot

The (Medical Marijuana) Doctor Will See You Now: ‘Canna Care’ Connects Patients With Pot

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An empty marijuana jar at the Canna Care Docs clinic in Burlington. The company opened its first location in Vermont last month, and offers patients a new avenue to medical marijuana. Two weeks ago, a new health clinic opened its doors in Burlington to do in Vermont what it has already done in several other states: bring thousands of new patients into the state’s medical cannabis program. Audio for this story will be posted. Canna Care Docs bills itself as a “medical marijuana evaluation and education center," and in places like Maine and Massachusetts, it has created an efficient new avenue for patients to gain legal access to medical marijuana. Marta Downing, chief operating officer at the company, says Canna Care doesn’t disclose the number of clients it’s enrolled in medical marijuana programs. But its former medical director was alone responsible for certifying nearly 6,000 medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts. Downing says Canna Care aims to be responsible for 50 percent of all medical marijuana certifications in states where it operates. “Canna Care is not looking to keep people out of medical marijuana programs,” Downing says. “We’re looking to get people into your state medical marijuana programs.” Downing says until recently, the Canna Care model simply wasn’t viable in Vermont. “In Vermont it’s been kind of a struggle,” she says. “I mean, there’s a lot of hoops you have to jump through.” Those hoops recently got a little wider thanks in large part to the addition of chronic pain to the list of conditions for which patients can become eligible for medical marijuana in Vermont. "We have this sort of artificial barrier where you need a medical marijuana card to get safe legal access if you want to use cannabis. And Canna Care Docs has seen that … the […]

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