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-- Syria's high noon continues earlier in the hour we take you to a medical marijuana dispensary but to get medical marijuana you have to have a doctor's approval.
How do you get a doctor's note our next guest has the -- joining us doctor Alan -- -- doctor thank you for being what this is.
The big question here how do you decide what patient gets.
A prescription -- -- -- medical marijuana and one that does not.
Well at every position we'll have slightly different standards.
One of the most important standards by operate under my office is the age of the patient if they're not in with a parent they have to be at least 21.
The average age -- 48 so most of my patients are really about a tickets they -- my internal medicine practice and it's not difficult to decide.
You know doctor a lot of people when they get into this argument about legalizing marijuana they talk about you know well we'd -- Did the prohibition they -- alcohol but that we said okay that's legal.
But you what I can go and have a drink group class a wider -- work -- hi we can still operated car.
Operate machinery but when you smoke a joint.
-- -- So how do you view -- -- that's -- instead of the alcohol argument when -- be more like Colby is something that you should get from again a pharmacy.
Well not necessarily in and many pharmaceutical drugs including the tranquilizers and narcotics.
Are much worse to drive -- than either alcohol or Canada so.
It's the two most personal.
And my responsibility of the position is not to get people hide the vast major might patients know how to get -- and if they wanted to just get high they'll do and one of many different ways.
My goal is to.
Primarily by using teachers are not so much for -- smoking which is.
Very difficult to control to get people to feel well feel normal to get rid of their pain to alleviate their anxiety without getting high.
Most my patients.
Really don't wanna smoke in both you want to use alternative mechanism.
Last year patients don't they a lot of of -- patients.
Are suffering from aids cancer.
A different type of bone ailments I mean are you are you primarily prescribing -- to folks that have very serious illnesses are and have chronic pain because of send -- list.
Well I -- say that about a third of my patients have cancer HIV or.
Debilitating illnesses that were used to hearing about it about a third have been two positions have had multiple prescription for the depression anxiety.
Pain and insomnia and just aren't doing well and they see candidates for help.
And within the last third -- but -- -- walking wounded and you know it's yourself myself.
Mild to moderate chronic pain insomnia and depression and they've often tried other -- and they find this -- more for.
What do you make of the news to -- without -- I'm.
We yeah we would really make -- -- -- the Obama administration the attorney general Eric Holder now coming out saying is no longer gonna go after.
Folks like you.
Small business owners the dispense medical marijuana I mean do you think that we're making a step in the right direction here as far as the medical community in the treatment.
A chronic conditions guns.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I distribute you prescribe you -- -- China you -- that I recommend not recommend recommend.
And -- that what did you tell you hold -- what are you holding up there I'm sorry what was that piece of paper.
Yes and that is that that is a card right.
This is the Carter that the position recommendation letter that's the picture of the patient it has everything to law require -- I'd in my office I do it electronically rather than by hand that this won't get the station and two.
He's legally into any legal -- -- -- dispensary in the state of California.
I don't need to be picky I've made that this plane off work -- but you've been corrected a couple times now.
The word prescribed you don't use that you you say you recommend you make a recommendation what what's -- distinction what's the big deal there.
-- the distinction is that even though candidates.
In a medical setting is legal in the state of California.
Federally and not.
Quite yet but it is.
Legal but -- of this is -- -- schedule one drug period so it can't be given by prescription.
And the recommendation is the form that California uses to get the patient to the dispensary.
How many patients are you treating right now.
Recommending medical and the last.
About 2500 patients over the last three and her here okay and -- you had and even approached by anybody.
From the investment community.
That as we -- the administration kind of change their tune about medical marijuana have you been approached tribute.
Been in discussions are people talked about may be opening up dispensaries around the statement of profiting.
For medical marijuana.
-- not just the dispensaries anymore.
Since I rotate in January through the election time when people think.
Settled down a little about the whole candidates issue on both federal and state level I started seeing business people.
From the community.
Coming in and talking.
Not just about the dispensary issue which is nothing that I would want to get into discussing with them but.
Opportunities for investment.
In the medical -- field of which there will ultimately be more and more but there are certainly number now.
You -- was talking earlier laboratories.
Sure was asking earlier about the fact that the Obama administration's making it change the department justice but I mean is pretty historian David says LA's top prosecutor.
Vows to target.
Pot shops so.
Which is that why how how are you how -- the people in this business going to operate when you've got the Fed still think something different than the state.
Well I don't think any of us know what's ultimately gonna happen even if we have.
-- a bill or a proposition that legalize that to the level of alcohol for people would lead to 21 even at that point I'm not sure that we really know what the federal -- up and it's going to be doing.
But I think for right now -- bomb out.
Formally stating that he's going to leave it up to the state is actually very similar to alcohol with the federal government could make a decision.
-- -- And with pro alcohol prohibition so they waited.
And allow that to be state by state so I have a feeling you -- I'm guessing of course but I think that's what's gonna happen in this case.
Doctor Allan Frankel thank you very much doctor for giving -- the medical side of medical marijuana we appreciate your time.
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