Mayo Clinic, OMC let docs decide about medical marijuana

Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center will let their physicians decide whether they want to certify their Minnesota patients so they can receive medical marijuana.

Beginning July 1, non-smokable medical marijuana becomes legal in the state. In order to access it, patients must have one of nine qualifying conditions, which include cancer, multiple sclerosis and terminal illness. But before patients are eligible to receive medical marijuana in pill, liquid or oil form, they must first be certified as having one of the qualified conditions by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.

Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich said in a statement the clinic has developed a policy for its health-care providers.

"Participation in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program is voluntary for health-care providers. Mayo Clinic has developed a policy and associated procedures to guide providers who choose to participate in the program," Oestreich said.

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