Medical Marijuana

We are happy to complete the evaluation for medical marijuana certification in this office; not all doctors will do that, but our experience shows it to be the right choice for some patients.

Please be advised!  We require you to provide adequate medical records to certification.  This means records such as chart notes - but not patient educational materials - provided by another physician.

If you do not have medical records, we will require you to establish yourself as a patient here, and we will conduct the needed evaluations - which means you will NOT receive immediate certification.

There are only a few "qualifying conditions" in Arizona, which include:

  • ​Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
    • ​This is NOT merely a diagnosis of AD; this is a unique complication of AD
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • ​PTSD (requires ongoing treatment)

In addition, Arizona also allows some persons with other chronic and debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana:

  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome - such as the unintended and untreatable loss of more than 10% of body weight in the past 6 months
  • Severe Nausea - such as from chemotherapeutic drugs
  • Muscle spasms - such as from MS
  • Seizures - such as from Epilepsy
  • Severe and Chronic Pain​ - to us, this means a pain level which is at least "7" on a 10-point scale, which has persisted for at least three months.

We are not a dispensary, and no product is allowed on the premises.

The fees are slightly different for this service than the others.  For additional information, just ask!


Options for Natural Pain Management

First, what we will NOT do for you:

  • We will not write a prescription for an addictive drug and hustle you out the door.  Don't even ask!
  • We will not tell you "it's all in your head."

Now, what we will do for you:

  • We will talk with you and determine, if we can, the underlying cause of your pain.
  • Since the most common cause of pain is musculoskeletal, expect us to do some evaluations to try to reproduce the pain.
  • We may decide to request labs and/or imaging.  After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Finally, we will decide - together - the best approach to treatment.  This may be a procedure we can perform in the office, or it may be a referral to another doctor.

Natural Pain Management

We understand pain to be a signal from the body to the brain that something has happened and needs to be addressed.

​However, that part of your brain that analyzes information (the cerebrum for those who want to know) cannot deduce the significance of the "something wrong" by the severity of the pain.  Consider the unfortunate circumstances of someone hitting their thumb with a hammer, instead of the nail head.  OUCH!

Or, think about how miserable you felt when you ate or drank something that was really bad for you, and it left you with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

These are uncomfortable, but not usually life-threatening.

​Now, consider a bee sting in someone allergic to bees.  The pain may be minor, but this can be deadly.  

Pain may be serious or a nuisance, but it always needs to be investigated.