To date, about 800 doctors have recommended medical marijuana to more than 112,000 currently registered patients under Colorado's Amendment 20, the medicinal cannabis law. But most of the other 20,300-plus physicians listed with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies still know very little about it, despite a February 2014 poll showing 51 percent of Colorado adults say they've tried pot.
"With marijuana legalization underway, every doctor needs a basic knowledge of how cannabis affects the body -- because our patients are already using it" said Dr. Laura Borgelt, professor at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Campus.
To help fill this knowledge gap, Healthy Choices Unlimited and the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine are cosponsoring a symposium, "Marijuana for Medical Professionals." The conference, scheduled for September 9-11 in downtown Denver at the Sherman St. Events Center, is reportedly Colorado's first to offer cannabis-specific Continuing Medical Education credits for doctors, nurses and health professionals.
"MJ for MDs," as the providers call it, features a combination of traditional lectures by prominent researchers, case study presentations, and hands-on learning, according to organizers.
A "mock dispensary" display in the exhibit hall will give attendees a firsthand look at cannabis products available to patients. A "mock evaluation" will take attendees through a basic medical marijuana evaluation visit with a cannabis specialist MD. And an Expo Hall of medical marijuana products will showcase the full range of options for patients.