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UPMC clears doctors to certify patients for medical marijuana

By Ben Schmitt

Health giant UPMC, which initially shied away from Pennsylvania’s fledgling medical marijuana program, has created new guidelines for its doctors interested in certifying patients for treatment.

The development could provide a huge boost to the program’s physician participation, as the state only had 433 approved doctors available to certify patients last week.

“We think it will help providers, who were thinking about certifying patients, make their decision,” Dr. Ajay Wasan, vice chair of pain medicine at UPMC, told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday. “The shift is that it has become more and more clear that medical marijuana is really an important issue to patients. They have great concerns over it, and our health care system wants to be a partner with patients to do what is best for them.”

Read more at Trib Live

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