Medical marijuana doctors will be in great demand in Michigan in the very near future with the medical marijuana industry in the state expected to generate between $325 million and $425 million in its first year. Demand for medical marijuana doctors to provide patient authorizations, like the demand for medical marijuana itself, is expected to be so high that product shortages and lack of availability to patients in need are likely to result. Such problems could lead to a surge in the black market for illegal marijuana sales.
The solutions to these potential problems are multifold. They include greater numbers of business licenses issued by the state to permit more medical marijuana growers and distributors to operate above board and an increase in the number of medical marijuana doctors in practice issuing patient authorizations. So far, only 16 business licenses have been issued in the entire state of Michigan for the scope of medical marijuana services. Only seven of these licenses are for medical marijuana dispensaries. Any businesses operating in the medical marijuana sphere by September 15, 2018 are supposed to shut down and cease operations, according to current state regulations.
Approximately 290,000 patients are expected to have or obtain doctor authorizations to use medical marijuana in the next year. Even more will be eligible for authorizations but unable to obtain them, often through inaccessibility of medical marijuana doctors near them. This gives Michigan the second largest medical marijuana patient base of all legal medical marijuana states in the country. Any licensed physician is eligible to issue medical marijuana patient authorizations under state law. Helping these medical marijuana doctors manage their growing pools of patients and keep proper track of their care are free marijuana software programs like DrGreenSoft.
Concerns doctors and legislators have about the appeals of the black market to medical marijuana patients is its lack of limits of purchase amounts or hours of operation, the addition of taxes on pricing and tracking of sales and patient data. Medical marijuana doctors can help thwart the temptations of the black market by helping patients to more easily and safely access legal medical marijuana and incorporate it into their larger treatment program. EMR software like DrGreenSoft helps doctors to provide patients with that comfort and confidence that comes from including marijuana in their larger health and wellness program. Medical marijuana can also educate their patients about the risks and dangers of black market versus legal medical marijuana such as the sheer absence of quality controls in black market marijuana.
Physicians wishing to help their patients integrate medical marijuana into their care plans can find enormous aid through the tools free marijuana software for doctors provides, such as multiple location management, electronic signatures and forms, secure online patient portals and automated data backup. DrGreenSoft also provides medical marijuana doctors with all Michigan state medical marijuana forms and exam forms as well as an online office in which to offer telemedicine sessions.
As investors from out of state target Michigan for its medical marijuana industry, local legislators scramble to keep up with newly revised rules to accommodate the rapid changes in this burgeoning industry. This will lead more and more patients to rely on their medical marijuana doctors to help them navigate this every-changing climate and keep their medical marijuana authorizations in good legal standing.