Patient advocates Thursday celebrated Intermountain Healthcare’s entrance to the world of cannabis treatment, saying they hope the state’s largest medical system is cutting a path for other physician networks.
“This is a great moment to have [Intermountain] standing with patients and having that relationship with doctors and patients honored and respected,” said Christine Stenquist, founder of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education.
Intermountain sent out new guidance to its providers Wednesday, reversing a previous directive against writing cannabis recommendations for patients. On Thursday, the health group’s leaders — joined by medical marijuana advocates — made the changes public during a Salt Lake City news conference.
Former state lawmaker Steve Urquhart, an early proponent of medical cannabis in Utah, said the announcement means…