04 Sep 2018

Illinois Doctors Can Now Prescribe Medical Cannabis for Pain

Pain is the latest ailment for which the state of Illinois now allows patients to legally use medical cannabis. Barring the availability in legal, accessible, safe and affordable medical cannabis, patients with severe and chronic pain are often left to resort to taking opioids to provide relief. Even with a doctor’s prescription, opioid use can become highly addictive and dangerous, even deadly. Considering approximately 11,000 people died in the state since 2008 due to opioid overdoses and opioids are responsible for almost twice the deaths in 2016 in the state as traffic accidents, the prospect of much safer medical cannabis to provide adequate pain relief and stem the tide of opioid use, addiction and overdose appears a welcome one in Illinois.

Announced in late August of 2018, Illinois state Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the option for doctors to prescribe medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for treating severe or chronic pain. The law was made effective immediately thereafter. The sponsor of the bill Rauner signed into law was State Representative Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat representing Chicago. Cassidy touted the bill, SB 336, as a possibility for patients whose only other option would be addictive opioids, whether they wanted to take them or not. A pilot program has been initiated as part of the new law to institute safeguards against medical marijuana abuse and abuse of the state’s medical marijuana program. Upon the institution of this law, prescribing, purchasing, possessing and using medical cannabis in Illinois for pain is subject to the same laws as using medical cannabis for any other condition as per the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

An invaluable tool medical marijuana doctors are finding indispensable for optimizing their practice is DrGreenSoft, a combination of electronic medical records software and point of sale software in one. More than ordinary EMR and POS software, DrGreenSoft is custom tailored to the medical cannabis field and the needs of medical cannabis doctors.
This includes all the necessary state MMJ forms. DrGreenSoft is free for low volume practices serving fewer than 30 patients per months. For practices larger than 30 monthly patients, only a small fee is charged.

As the most recent addition to the growing list of debilitating conditions for which doctors are authorized to prescribe medical marijuana to patients in Illinois, pain joins conditions including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease agitations
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

The list includes over 30 conditions at the time of pain’s addition. The action practically ensures that an already booming new industry in the state is only bound to further grow. This augers an imminent growing need for medical marijuana doctors practicing in the state to help qualifying patients legally access medical cannabis, for pain or any other qualifying condition. Software like DrGreenSoft helps those doctors to easily and comfortably expand their practices to serve this growing need.

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22 Aug 2018

Over 45 More Physicians Certified to Recommend Medical Cannabis in Ohio

On Wednesday, July 11, the State Medical Board of Ohio certified 46 more physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients in the state. This brings the number to 185 doctors in total since April approved to authorize patients to use medical marijuana in the state. Patients can look up all 185 doctors’ names and contact information on a searchable online database updated after each monthly meeting of the state medical board anytime they add new doctors to its list of approved medical marijuana physicians in Ohio.

In order to be approved to recommend medical cannabis to patients in Ohio, a physician must first take two continuing education credit hours on the subjects of cannabis use and each of the medical conditions qualifying for medical marijuana recommendation in Ohio. Anytime an approved physician recommends medical marijuana to a patient, he or she is required to certify several facts, namely:

  • The physician has a genuine doctor-patient relationship with the patient.
  • The patient has been diagnosed with a medical conditions that qualifies for medical marijuana in Ohio.
  • The two have discussed the benefits and risks of using medical marijuana.
  • The physician has looked over the medical history of the patient in the Ohio state database of controlled substances.

To make this service easier to manage with an even faster-growing list of medical marijuana patients in the state, physicians in Ohio and elsewhere can now make use of electronic medical records (EMR) software like DrGreenSoft. When Ohio begins opening medical marijuana dispensaries, still a few months away, free software like DrGreenSoft will help doctors meet their responsibilities to patients and the Ohio medical board alike.

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17 Aug 2018

Medical Marijuana “Flowers” Finally Legal for Sale in Pennsylvania Dispensaries

Medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania can finally buy “dry leaf” legally in the state. Also known as “bud” and “flower”, this form of marijuana, commonly thought of as “smokable” marijuana, is the most familiar to most medical and recreational marijuana users. It also tends to be the most affordable variety, in comparison with the only the forms previously allowed like edibles, lotions, pills and tinctures. These other forms of medical cannabis are all highly processed, however, whereas marijuana buds are not processed at all, making them a “purer” and, therefore, more preferred form of the medicine in many users’ minds. Marijuana flowers, however, need not be smoked exclusively; they can also be vaporized, or “vaped”, a method far safer for the lungs and other bodily systems than smoking.

At the 16 medical cannabis dispensaries currently in operation in Pennsylvania like Abington’s TerraVida Holistic Center, scores of people showed up on August 1, the first day dry leaf cannabis was legally available for purchase in the state, to be among the first to acquire some. The first dispensary in Pennsylvania to offer dry leaf medical marijuana for sale was Keystone Shops in King of Prussia, which opened its doors at one minute after midnight that morning. The facility even held a party in its parking lot to celebrate the new law with a DJ and free hoagies and pizza.

Lines wrapped around buildings and blocks before dispensaries even opened their doors for the day, some dispensary managers even handing out doughnuts to the patiently-waiting patients. By midday, many strains of medical cannabis in flower form, with names like Princess Leia, Mob Boss, Lemon G., Hash Haze and Star Killer, were already out of stock. Some dispensaries, like Fishtown’s Restore Integrative Wellness Center, implemented purchase maximums on dry leaf cannabis, in its case 15 grams per week, to keep the medicine available in this form to as many patients who need it as possible. The state only allows each licensed medical marijuana dispensary to carry 15 pounds of dry leaf cannabis in stock.

The allowing of legal medical cannabis sales in flower form is bound to only increase the number of eligible patients interested in obtaining a doctor’s authorization and patronizing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state who formerly were not doing so because they were not as interested in the other legally available forms. As such, physicians recommending medical cannabis in the state could use whatever help they can get managing their growing lists of authorized medical marijuana patients and those patients’ medical records. DrGreenSoft (https://drgreensoft.com/) offers such assistance to physicians with its free Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software exclusively built for medical marijuana physicians. In addition to enabling medical marijuana doctors to create, maintain and manage patient EMRs, the software also serves as a patient portal, point of sale system, online office with smart calendar and marketing and customer relations management system.

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program launched in the middle of February, 2018. Already, more than 32,000 patients have been certified by the PA Department of Health to purchase and use medical marijuana in the state

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16 Aug 2018

DrGreensoft Releases Special Software with Medical Marijuana Doctors in Mind

 

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Easy to use and made specifically for doctors of medical marijuana, this software conveniently combines EMR, POS and other features necessary to operate a medical marijuana practice.

DrGreensoft’s new software makes managing patients easier than ever before. With all the necessary features needed to run a successful business, this software allows physicians to provide service in a professional manner, keep track of patients and employees, and improve overall medical care.

The all-in-one software includes point of sale (POS), electronic medical record keeping or marijuana emr, (EMR), customer relationship management, (CRM), has the ability to keep track of employee hours, send SMS notifications and much more. Other key features include: fast patient check out, reports and employee management, electronic medical record keeping, and a patient verification system. This software keeps everything organized and easy to manage for better care and interaction between doctor and patient.

 

Perfect for telemedicine practice, DrGreensoft’s new software allows the physician to provide each patient with their own personal online portal where they can request additional services, book appointments, and even have a video conference with the doctor. Physicians can sell any products and services and keep track of them in the POS suite, integarte best marketing and referral platforms, and easily keep in touch with their patients. Employees are able to clock in an out, and the software can manage multiple physicians. Performance reports provide even more control and organization.

 

The electronic medical record keeping system and patient verification system is cloud based and HIPAA compliant and customizable for regulation of multiple states. The online system allows for round the clock patient verification, an appointment system for your website that includes calendar integration, SMS marketing and notifications, as well as an online portal for patients. This allows physicians to track all aspects of their business, from employee hours from multiple locations, to marketing performance and patient files, while giving patients that ability to view their appointment times, renewal dates, and follow-ups. The cloud storage keeps all information safe and secure and automatically backs up.

 

DrGreensoft.com is now offering free version for low volume practices, no-obligation subscription for free so that customers can see if this software is right for them. Contact (408)290-5853 or visit https://drgreensoft.com/pricing-2/ for pricing info.

 

 

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13 Aug 2018

New York State Adds Opioid Replacement as an Approved Condition for Medical Cannabis; Sales Expected to Jump

In early July, 2018, the State of New York added opioid replacement to its list of approved conditions for using medical cannabis. As a result, sales of MMJ in the state are expected to increase significantly. The State Department of Health announced the emergency rule as effective immediately, authorizing the issuance of temporary ID cards in order for certified patients to access medical marijuana faster.

The decision comes as little surprise as Howard Zucker, New York Health Commissioner, announced the Commission’s intention to create this measure. At the time, Zucker presented research backing the plan demonstrating MMJ’s effectiveness reducing opioid dependency and use as well as overdose. Patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder who are participating in a certified treatment program for opioid addiction would be eligible to use medical cannabis. Additionally, patients experiencing significant pain falling short of the clinical definition for chronic pain could use medical cannabis instead of opioids to manage that pain. Already, chronic pain is listed among the qualifying conditions for using medical marijuana in New York State. The other qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana in New York are currently the following:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury spasticity.
  • Huntington’s disease.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis

Before this measure was instituted, sales of medical marijuana in New York, according to the Marijuana Business Factbook, were expected to reach between $50 and $70 million in 2018. This represents an increase of $10 to $50 million from the state’s 2017 MMJ earnings of $20 to $40 million. The growth of the medical marijuana industry in the state may well be higher, even, if it were not for a state ban on most types of edibles and all forms of smokable cannabis.

There are approximately 62,250 certified medical marijuana patients in New York State and approximately 1,735 medical marijuana doctors registered with the state’s medical cannabis program. To help these doctors produce, retain and manage the medical records for their medical marijuana patients are marijuana doctors software programs like drGreensoft.com. Through medical marijuana software for doctors, practitioners can create and more easily manage electronic medical records (EMR) for their patients. Some marijuana EMR software, like our drGreenSoft.com, can also be used as a Patient Verification System (PVS) that allows doctors to verify a patient’s medical card status . As one of the leading types of free software for doctors who recommend medical marijuana drGreenSoft.com is secure, HIPAA compliant, cloud-based and compatible with all devices. It provides all New York State medical cannabis forms and exam forms doctors need for the NY medical marijuana program as well as convenient features like scanner integration, multiple location management and a calendar or website appointment widget. It allows physicians to offer online office visits and allows patients to access a secure online portal. Data is backed up automatically and notifications and marketing messages can be produced and automatically delivered by email or SMS. Our software can even be used as a point of sale system to help doctors sell any related services or products to their medical cannabis patients.

 
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10 Apr 2017

New Tech Grows Out of Medical Marijuana Industry

The passage of legalized medical marijuana in many U.S. states gave birth to a whole new industry, which in turn gave rise to a whole new need for tech innovation. The first technological innovations to grow out of the medical marijuana industry were ones that emulated existing technology. Leafly is like a Yelp that lets users post reviews of dispensaries. Massroots is like a Facebook that lets patients meet and share their experiences with strains that work for them, not unlike Facebook. Weedmaps is like a Groupon that lets users join efforts to get great deals on medical marijuana. Weedhire is like a Monster that helps workers find employment in the medical marijuana industry. But these are just the beginning.

The need for compliance with government regulations as well as systems for effectively (and economically) managing medical marijuana businesses has led to a need breed of tech innovations. The following are some of those needed innovations, as well as examples of companies moving them forward.

Seed to Sale Tracking

Seed to sale tracking essentially tags and tracks every single legal marijuana plant from the moment it’s planted as a seed until the time it’s sold to a patient. Even when that plant is further processed into tinctures, edibles, or other marijuana products, seed to sale tracking ensures that all plants are linked to product sold to consumers, and vice-versa, all products linked to its source. That way, no product can be sold legally in that state that doesn’t come from a legal source.

Making it even more difficult for tech innovators to come up with a simple, uniform seed to sale tracking system is that there are no simple, uniform regulations across all legal medical marijuana states. In fact, the exact opposite is true: every state has different regulations requiring a different seed to sale tracking system for that state.

Franwell is a company that started out developing software for tracking fruit and berries which then adapted that software for the medical marijuana industry.

Quality Control

Laboratories are cropping up all over for testing the type and quantity of constituent active elements (or “cannabinoids”) and terpenes (or aromatic elements), and the existence of residual pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or other pathogens in cannabis. But it’s impractical for a cannabis dispensary to continually be sending out product to labs for testing.

Sage Analytics has addressed that problem by developing portable testing devices, allowing dispensaries to perform all quality control inspections in-house.

Integrated Compliance Solutions

The money changing hands in the medical marijuana industry must be managed wisely, responsibly, and above all, legally. This requires the development of banking software and services to provide integrated compliance solutions to medical marijuana businesses.

MedMen performs consulting and licensing services for cannabis companies, and sees banking and integrated compliance solutions as the fundament of the industry’s success. Another company, Amercanex, is developing a commodities exchange for cannabis. Beyond creating a trading market in marijuana futures, it also creates a technical infrastructure wherein cannabis farmers can lock in prices, creating sector stability.

Government Infrastructure Development

As alluded to in the intro to this piece, legalizing medical cannabis in a state isn’t enough. The state government then has to implement the new law through policies and regulations. For most states, this is untrodden territory.

Enter NIC, a business developed to help government regulators develop those policies and programs, and then to implement them through systematized software technologies.

In the end, it will be a contest between those innovators first to the market and those major players late to the game but with the resources to dominate to see which tech innovations take hold. One thing is for sure, however: some seed to sale tracking, quality control, integrated compliance solutions, and government infrastructure development technologies will be among them.

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23 Mar 2017

Cannabis Software Companies Help to Grow the Legal Marijuana Industry

As the legalization of cannabis for both medical and non-medical (i.e. recreational) uses continues to proliferate throughout the United States, regulators continue scrambling to establish uniform rules and guidelines. One of the sub-industries of the cannabis industry helping to make this possible is cannabis software companies. These companies develop software to handle various stages of the process from farmer to customer, or “seed to sale”. This ranges from monitoring legal plants to controlling inventory. With so many companies developing cannabis software and each state devising its own regulations individually, it’s still very much up in the air where all the chips in the legal marijuana industry will land. But if the cannabis software companies have any say in the matter, they’ll land profitably in the legal marijuana industry’s hands.

California & Colorado: A Tale of Two Legal Cannabis States

While California was an early adopter of legal medical cannabis, the state is only just getting started with legal recreational (or non-medical) cannabis. The new laws legalization cannabis for non-medical adult use that voters overwhelmingly passed in the 2016 election don’t go into effect until 2018. In the interim, state regulators are scrambling to come up with ways to track the cultivation and sale of legal cannabis in much the same way that protocols for pharmaceuticals require tight tracking and monitoring.

Colorado, by contrast, has been leading the charge in the legal adult-use cannabis area. With over $1 billion in sales, netting the state $200 million in extra tax revenues, the legal cannabis industry is proving its worth in Colorado. Part of the reason the state has been so successful in safely and profitably implementing its legal cannabis program is due to its use of cannabis software.

RFIDs, MSFT, and Other Seed-to-Sale Stories

One tool that Colorado regulators have been using to great effect is RFIDs (or Radio Frequency Identification Devices). These are tiny electronic chips that act as unique “tags” to identify each and every legal cannabis plant being cultivated in the state, all the way from seed to sale.

Other cannabis software that has been helping the industry move forward is inventory control software allowing dispensaries to track every bit of product that moves through their establishment. This type of tracking software will allow dispensaries to comply with government regulations.

Cannabis company Kind Financial produces a software product called Agrisoft that Microsoft has offered to help market to state governments. This entry into the legal cannabis space by a respected major corporation shows, maybe more than anything, how it’s not a matter of “if” cannabis legalization will succeed, but “when”.

Sessions vs. Pot

President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has described his view on the various benefits of marijuana as “dubious”. He has also said that he is compelled to enforce federal law regarding cannabis, even where it contradicts state law. His boss, Mr. Trump, however, has expressed an acceptance of state medical cannabis laws, suggesting that only the non-medical cannabis industry is at risk under this administration.

Taking action against the cannabis movement could conflict with voter resolve and clear evidence of state fiscal benefits, like in Colorado. And Mr. Trump is for nothing if not improving the economy. So many in the cannabis movement are cautiously optimistic that at least the medical part of the industry is safe moving forward. As for the recreational part, it’s wait and see.

Cannabis Software Concerns

Concerns about how companies like Microsoft are planning to use the software they market, such as by providing it only to governments and not to private cannabis companies are still on the radar. And a recent software failure in Nevada, where state-licensed software provider MJFreeway exposed 1,000 business across 23 states to outages and data loss also raises concern.

California is now beginning the process of accepting and reviewing bids from various cannabis software companies offering to help the state track and monitor all legal cannabis from seed to sale. There are many players in this market, which will ultimately advantage the state, its residents, and the cannabis industry at large.

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10 Mar 2017

Dr. GreenSoft, New Cloud-Based Medical Cannabis Software for Physicians, Launches in the U.S. Market

Dr. GreenSoft is specifically for doctors and other cannabis industry professionals who offer medical marijuana to their patients and who are looking for an industry specific, convenient solution to medical marijuana patient recommendations and verification, managing patients, marketing, and more.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states plus Washington, D.C. As more and more states get on board (with many more expected to get on board in the future!), more and more doctors are beginning to learn about medical marijuana and the incredible and life-changing benefits that it can offer their patients. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one system that took advantage of today’s technology to make the transition easier—one product that offered a multitude of tools and benefits to help streamline the task of offering medical cannabis services to patients? Thankfully, there’s now a new and excellent solution to all these issues!

Dr. GreenSoft is a brand-new, state-of-the-art online software for physicians who offer medical marijuana to their patients. All in one easy-to-use software, physicians can verify their patients, manage their patients’ files, create appointments, send appointment alerts to patients’ phones and computers, keep track of employee payroll, manage the marketing aspect of their practice, and more! Plus, it’s cloud based for great availability and convenience, and it is fully compliant with all federal and state regulations for the privacy and security of patient records.

Areas and Regions where Dr. Greensoft is Available to Medical Marijuana Practitioners:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

 

We fully understand the different laws and regulations that govern marijuana in each of these states and regions, and our software is customizable to the different laws in each place. We take rules seriously and we want to provide nothing but convenience for each medical practitioner who uses our software.

As more states create regulations that allow for the use of medical cannabis, our software will become available in even more locations. We plan to evolve along with the cannabis industry, and we believe it has a bright future! We’re excited to be a part of this exciting, constantly-growing industry. We’re happy to offer a software that will increase doctors’ productivity and help them gain exposure and attract new patients, allowing them to help many more patients to manage their pain and symptoms and a gain better quality of life. We are well acquainted with many doctors, so we that understand that it’s hard trying to help patients and also run a business. That’s why Dr. GreenSoft offers fantastic tools to make it all easier for you.

If you’re not sure whether Dr. GreenSoft will work for you, feel free to contact us and we will set you up with a free trial to help you explore the software and its features, 100% free of charge and risk free!

 

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