Legally obtaining and using marijuana just got easier for patients of one Arizona Valley-based home-hospice service. Starting this month, Comprehensive Hospice and Palliative Care offers an in-house doctor who will recommend cannabis for patients who qualify under state law.
To avoid trouble with Medicare, which often pays the hospice’s bills for patients, the hospice requires the patient or someone else to send the recommendation to the state Department of Health Services for final approval, and to pay the fees.
The hospice provides services such as medical care and counseling in the homes of terminally ill patients, most of whom are expected to live for six months or less.
“We fix it so people can enjoy their time while they’re still here on the planet,” says Charlotte Igo, the company’s CEO. The hospice has partnered with professionals at several local dispensaries for help on getting patients the right strains for their individual maladies, and with various consumption methods, she says.
As part of the hospice’s program, cannabis users are being asked to keep a diary in which they describe what their pain is like, how marijuana helps, and how they ingest it.
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