Proposed DOH Changes Regarding MMP Physician Consultations. Town Hall Meeting May 5th!

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Dear National Holistic Healing Center Patient,

Last month, the Washington, DC Department of Health issued a proposed rule (to take effect May 25, 2017) that will affect qualifying medical marijuana patients with their primary care physicians who do not prescribe medical marijuana as part of their practice. Under the new rule, patients will be required to get written referrals from their current doctor before seeing a doctor who prescribes medical marijuana.

Should this rule be implemented, patients in some cases may require two doctors’ appointments, two out-of-pocket doctors’ bills, and two different forms in order to receive a medical marijuana recommendation. The rule will have the adverse impact of making it more expensive and more time-consuming for eligible patients to get or renew a medical marijuana card.

National Holistic opposes this rule and has made clear to the Department of Health, the DC Council, and the Mayor the impact such a regulation could have on patients, who are often facing severe illnesses, to get the care they need.

Please help us and your fellow patients by signing this petition against this proposed rule; and join us in speaking out against it.

We encourage you to please join us at this public forum to express your concerns about the potential passage of this rule:

 
 A PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE ON PR22-233,

 “Medical Marijuana Consultations and Patient Referrals Rulemaking Approval Resolution of 2017” 

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

Room 500 - John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

 
The Committee invites the public to testify at the hearing. Those who wish to testify should contact Cherita Whiting, Committee Legislative Clerk at (202) 727-7774 or cwhiting@dccouncil.us, and provide your name, organizational affiliation (if any), and title with the organization (if any).Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their written testimony to the hearing. The Committee allows individuals three minutes to provide oral testimony in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. 


Additional written statements are encouraged and will be made part of the official record. Written statements may be submitted by e-mail to cwhiting@dccouncil.us or mailed to: Council of the District of Columbia, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 113, Washington D.C. 20004.

This is our chance to stop this rule from taking effect and ensure D.C.’s eligible medical marijuana patients can easily and directly access care. Please make your voice heard. Write to the Council, and join us at the John Wilson Building on Friday at 11:00.

Sincerely,

National Holistic Healing Center



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