A majority of physicians surveyed by the Minnesota Medical Association said they have no plans to participate in the state's medical cannabis registry.
Of the 457 physicians surveyed, 68 percent said they do not plan to participate in the registry, 9 percent will participate, 17 percent have not decided and 7 percent said they don't have any patients with a qualifying condition. The survey was sent out to more than 14,000 physicians on June 2.
Nearly a third of those surveyed identified themselves as family medicine physicians. Another 11 percent identified themselves as internal medicine physicians, 7 percent as pediatricians and 6 percent as psychiatrists. The specialists most likely to work with patients seeking to be certified for the medical cannabis program — neurologists, ophthalmologists and oncologists — made up only 3 percent of the physicians surveyed.
Medical marijuana will become legal in Minnesota on July 1. It is one of the most tightly regulated programs in the nation, only allowing medical cannabis to be dispersed in pill, liquid and oil form.
In order for a patient to be eligible for medical marijuana, they must be certified by a health care provider as having one of nine qualifying conditions. A physician, physician's assistant or advanced practice registered nurse needs to register with the state if they plan to certify patients for the program. Once certified, patients register with the state and pay a $200 annual enrollment fee. They can obtain the medical cannabis at one of eight cannabis patient centers in the state, including one in Rochester.