Ever since New York launched its medical marijuana program at the beginning of last year, patients have been forced to try and track down a physician willing to help them gain access to the herb without any guidance whatsoever.
However, on Friday, the state New York Department of Health released a list of healthcare providers that can offer medical marijuana recommendations to their patients. The list, which consists of a modest 315 doctors, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, was assembled to provide people suffering from a variety of conditions with all of the information they need to successfully get on a path towards cannabis medicine.
But, unfortunately, the new list still does not account for the majority of the 1,000 healthcare professionals the state says are presently willing and able to discuss medical marijuana treatment plans. Several hundred have reportedly chosen to maintain their anonymity, because, while they may be enthusiastic about making cannabis a part of their practice, many are uncomfortable about publicizing their involvement.
“A lot of doctors don't want their name out,” nurse practitioner Terri D. Haskins told the Democrat &…