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Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark
Date:8/29/2014

DENVER, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Does your doctor know what you're smoking?  Chances are, probably not.  To date, nearly 800 doctors have recommended marijuana to the over 112,000 currently registered patients under Colorado's Amendment 20. But the majority of the other roughly 20,300+ active physicians listed with the Colorado Dept of Regulatory Agencies still know very little about it – even though a poll in February 2014 showed 51% of Colorado adults say they have tried it.

"With marijuana legalization underway, every doctor needs a basic knowledge of how cannabis affects the body," says Dr. Laura Borgelt, Professor at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Campus. "Because our patients are already using it."

To help fill this knowledge-gap, Healthy Choices Unlimited and the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine are co-sponsoring a symposium: Marijuana for Medical Professionals.  The conference is Colorado's first to offer cannabis-specific Continuing Medical Education credits for doctors, nurses and health professionals. The conference will convene in Denver September 9-11, 2014 at the Sherman St Events Center downtown.

"MJ for MDs," as the providers call it, features a unique combination of traditional lectures by prominent researchers, case study presentations, and hands-on learning.  A "Mock Dispensary" display in the exhibit hall will give attendees a first-hand look at marijuana products available to patients.  A "Mock Evaluation" will take attendees through a basic MMJ evaluation visit with a cannabis-specialist MD.  An Expo Hall of medical marijuana products will showcase the full range of options for patients.

Dr. Borgelt will cover basics of the endocannabinoid system and pharmaceutical preparations of cannabis. International
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SOURCE Todd Mitchem Cannabis Consultants
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