How do physicians comply with newly legalized medical marijuana? Healio reports.

“Most state medical marijuana laws require some training for health care providers before they are authorized to issue medical marijuana cards,” Guohua Li, DrPH, MD, Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology and founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, told

“The curriculum would cover medical marijuana laws in the state, such as what is considered a qualifying medical condition; the procedures for verifying the condition(s); the dosage, potency, mode and duration of medical marijuana use; concurrent use of medical marijuana and medications and the benefits and risks regarding medical marijuana.”

The ways in which patients obtain marijuana, and the format in which it can be consumed, vary; some states, like Pennsylvania, require physicians to become registered prescribers of medical marijuana, while others have patient ID card programs.