COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)- Patients with debilitating illnesses and pain have been waiting for Mississippi’s medical marijuana regulations to go into effect.
It’s a multi-step process.
And, now the first licensed physician to prescribe medical marijuana in the Golden Triangle said part of his role is making sure the community understands how prescription cannabis works.
There is a lot of regulation that comes with Mississippi’s new medical marijuana law.
And, for one local physician, it meant learning all he could about who benefits from this type of pain management.
Education and experience. That’s how we all got to where we are now.
Dr. Jack Walters has been studying for this moment for years.
“The biggest thing is to try to educate people about what medicinal cannabis is and what it isn’t and what it really means for our state going forward,” said Walters.
Walters works with patients and pain management every day at Columbus Orthopedic.
Now, he is the only doctor in the Golden Triangle approved by the state of Mississippi to certify cannabis patients.
Each patient must have an ID card issued by the state Health Department. And, in order to get that card, the patient must meet with a doctor like Dr. Walters. He will examine patients to determine if they can be approved for the treatment.
That’s a lot of steps to make sure medical marijuana is highly regulated.
“When you look at Mississippi as far as other states across the…
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