Physician doesn't have to treat cannabis-using patient: court

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Takeaway

  • An Arizona appeals court decided a physician was not required to continue seeing a patient who was using medical cannabis under that state's law.

Why this matters

  • The patient sued his physician under the state's "medical marijuana" law, adopted in 2010, which says medical cannabis use cannot disqualify a patient from medical care, and that users must be treated as if they are using any other type of drug.
  • The 3-judge appeals panel found that the law's requirement of equal treatment did not mean a physician has to treat a medical marijuana user.
  • The law specifically ad...