On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters faced three different ballot measures approving medical marijuana in the state. Voters passed one of those three measures, Constitutional Amendment 2, making Missouri the 32nd state in the U.S. to legalize medical cannabis. The amendment will allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for 10 different medical conditions. It will also allow qualified patients to grow their own medical marijuana.
The measure passed with 65 percent of the vote after 3,066 precincts of 3,256 were counted. Medical marijuana will be taxed 4%, proceeds applying to fund military veteran services. The medical marijuana industry in Missouri is expected to produce approximately $24 million per year for the state. Other propositions, one for producing a medical cannabis research institution and the other proposing a different tax and legal structure for the new law, both failed to pass. Amendment 2 passed with over 1.5 million votes, more than any other proposition or candidate on the midterm 2018 Missouri ballot. Clearly, medical marijuana is popular in Missouri, a fact of which doctors practicing in the state are surely taking notice.
To access medical marijuana in Missouri, patients will need to secure a letter from a physician certifying their medical qualifications to use marijuana medically. This places doctors in Missouri in a unique position in which a swelling demand is imminent. Only approximately 50 out of 109 doctors responding to a 2016 Kansas City Medical Society survey said they would recommend medical marijuana if it were legal to do so. This means the demand for medical marijuana doctors in the state will be even greater than it otherwise would be if all doctors participated. To help those doctors interested in serving this rising need meet the demand are a variety of new organizations and services. For example, Missouri Medical Marijuana was created after the amendment’s passage to produce an internet-based directory of medical marijuana doctors and dispensaries in the state. Another powerful resource for doctors interested in participating in Missouri’s budding new medical marijuana industry are software tools like DrGreenSoft.
DrGreenSoft is a multi-faceted software tool providing doctors with a combination of electronic medical records, point of sale and virtual office services. As an electronic medical records system, DrGreenSoft helps doctors to manage an increasing pool of patients and track their diagnoses, treatments and progress. It offers electronic forms and signatures, including all required state medical marijuana forms, and features 24/7 patient verification online. Data can be automatically backed up. As a point of sale system, DrGreenSoft enables doctors to invoice patients and accept payments. As a virtual office, DrGreenSoft avails doctors of a digital calendar, scanner integration, an employee time clock and online office for telemedicine appointments. Patients also get access to a private online portal where they can schedule, cancel and change appointment and request calls from their doctor. The software even includes marketing and CRM tools to help doctors track referrals and distribute email and text message promotions. DrGreenSoft software is fully HIPAA compliant, cloud-based and secure. It is compatible with all devices and can be used in multiple locations. Doctors can start using DrGreenSoft for free.