Drug Law

Montana Bans Medical Marijuana Exams by Skype

| by NORML

By "Radical" Russ Belville

Is it any wonder why the Montana legislature may consider repealing medical marijuana? 

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of Medical Examiners says Internet-based video examinations for people seeking approval to use medical marijuana don’t meet the board’s standards.

Medical marijuana providers in the state have been connecting doctors with those seeking medical marijuana using the web video service Skype.

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The Montana Caregivers Network contends the video examinations are needed for people whose regular physician won’t recommend medical marijuana and who can’t travel.

That’s a kind act and I want to get marijuana to sick and disabled rural shut-ins as well. But we asked the public to support this limited marijuana legalization on the premise that a medical examination was involved. When we ask the public to accept a Skype video chat as the medical basis for approving what (to them) is still a dangerous illegal drug, they begin to believe the whole idea of medical marijuana is a sham. Maybe next time, a doctor who makes house calls is a better idea.