With major health care providers refusing to prescribe medical marijuana, pro-cannabis doctors have hit the road

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CHRIS RODEN FOR THE LACLEDE COUNTY RECORD

Amendment 2 passed last year, but many major medical providers have declined to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. The decision has led to the rise of many medical marijuana specializing clinics, including ones that travel the state qualifying Missourians for medical marijuana cards that will allow them to buy the drug once dispensary licenses are issued by the state.
One such traveling clinic visited Lebanon Tuesday. More than 50 people visited Randy Massey’s Launch Pad Glass Galleries to consult with Dr. Zinia Thomas of St. Louis in hopes of getting their physician certification form, the chief hurdle in getting their medical marijuana card.
Thomas is a practicing psychiatrist in St. Louis. She also owns healthcity, a company designed to give Missouri residents access to medical marijuana by providing them with the physician certification required by law before a medical marijuana card is issued.
In a phone interview before the meeting, Thomas said one roadblock for getting a medical marijuana card is what doctors have been traditionally taught about marijuana in medical school.
“All doctors are taught medical marijuana is a drug of abuse, that there is no medicinal value,” Thomas said.

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