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Letter to the Editor

How Do EPs Prescribe Cannabis?

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000655080.73984.17


    My questions for Sherry Yafai, MD, are: How often is she prescribing Cannabis to patients she sees only once in the ED? Or does she refer patients to someone who can do continuity of care to prescribe Cannabis?

    David Strauss, MD

    Towson, MD

    Dr. Yafai responds: Great questions! Physicians cannot prescribe Cannabis because it is federally illegal. You can recommend Cannabis to patients, which is protected depending on your state laws (i.e., medical or recreational laws). Given that the wording behind this is asinine and needs to change, especially with the changing available research and recreational laws or availability, physicians need to start demanding changes from lawmakers. Please reach out to me if you have an interest in the political changes:

    My column in the January EMN enews ( addresses when it may be appropriate to recommend Cannabis-based products for one-time ED visits (i.e., muscle strain or pain and chemo-related nausea or vomiting). I would typically recommend that pain management cases see a Cannabis clinician who can discuss in detail the specific mode of administration, dosage, and frequency of use. Check out the Society of Cannabis Clinicians website ( for your local recommending physicians.

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