Louisiana Medical Board Temporarily Allows Medical Marijuana Recommendations Via Telemedicine Following Senators’ Criticism

Louisiana Medical Board Temporarily Allows Medical Marijuana Recommendations Via Telemedicine Following Senators’ Criticism
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“This board has been scaring doctors. That’s what they’ve been doing, scaring doctors.” By Wesley Muller, Louisiana Illuminator The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners is temporarily halting enforcement actions against doctors who recommend medical marijuana via telemedicine. The pause on enforcement comes days after a state Senate committee threatened to revoke the board’s rule-making authority for refusing to lift the in-person visit requirement. LSBME Executive Director Dr. Vincent Culotta confirmed the news in a phone interview Monday after the board published a notice on its website stating: “The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners will take no enforcement action against a licensee who, prior to an update of this notice, recommends medical marijuana without an initial in-person visit. Clarification and further deliberations are in process.” Culotta pointed out the notice does not signal a reversal of the board’s position and said the in-person visit requirement remains in effect despite the temporary pause on enforcement. The medical board requires physicians to establish a doctor-patient relationship with at least one initial in-person visit before prescribing controlled substances or recommending cannabis through subsequent remote video appointments with a patient. The LSBME, which is composed of 10 members the governor appoints and the Senate confirms, licenses doctors in Louisiana and writes the specific rules of practicing medicine derived from broader state laws. It has the power to enforce those rules through various sanctions, fines and suspensions if it receives a specific complaint about a doctor. The board has been at odds with state legislators who passed Act 491 earlier this year in an effort to lift the in-person visit requirement for doctors who recommend marijuana. Legislators learned in September that the LSBME was interpreting the new law differently from what lawmakers intended and had not updated its rules to accommodate the change. The board has maintained its position even after several…

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