As a schedule I, Cannabis medicine has many hurdles to overcome. Besides being ILLEGAL to use, cultivate, sell, distribute, or dispense, it is also not covered by health insurance and not allowed on federal property.
A major barrier for Cannabis patients is institutional use – whether referring to hospitals, nursing homes, rehab facilities, or schools. Some institutions are adopting new policies and procedures to ensure safe handling, while others are looking the other way or worse, kicking patients out of their facilities.
It’s a shame that patients must face discrimination simply for finding relief with Cannabis. We wouldn’t shame a diabetic that requires injections, or a patient with COPD that requires oxygen – why is Cannabis any different when used under the supervision of a healthcare professional for the goal of therapeutic relief?
I’ve had many patients tell me they WISH they could use the pharmaceutical equivalent for their symptoms (whether pain, spasms, or seizures) but their body won’t accept it.
So our solution is to help institutions develop new policies and procedures to support medical cannabis storage and administration without increasing liability or risking federal funding.
Our Storage and Handling protocol is designed with safety in mind and intended to prevent diversion. If your institution is looking for a personalized protocol, contact us today.