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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a trend in healthcare toward telemedicine, allowing patients to speak with doctors and clinicians via video chat, FaceTime or phone calls. This trend continues as the pandemic slowly loosens its grip on the country, especially in rural areas where residents have to travel long distances to get to a doctor’s office.
Increasingly, medical marijuana patients are also using telemedicine to meet with doctors. A telemedicine platform called NuggMD has become one of the biggest companies in this burgeoning field, starting its service in Montana, where medical marijuana use remains high even after the state legalized recreational marijuana.
Other companies active in medical marijuana telemedicine are Presto Doctor and MMJ.com.
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How Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Works
NuggMD started in 2015 and has connected more than one million medical marijuana patients to a doctor in 17 states. Montana is a bit different in that it has advantages over medical marijuana use instead of recreational use.
For example, medical marijuana users in Montana can purchase cannabis with higher levels of THC at a cost that doesn’t include the 16% tax charged on adult-use marijuana, according to NuggMD. They can also grow twice as many plants as recreational users.
“It’s easy to see why so many Montanans still carry medical marijuana cards, despite recreational legalization,” Collin Mann, CEO and co-founder of NuggMD, said in a press release.
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Many medical marijuana users may not be aware that the law of many states allows them to register or renew their medical marijuana card and speak with doctors about the marijuana for medical purposes via remote communications. NuggMD provides a platform that facilitates these communications. The platform is available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. Those without a medical marijuana card can still get a free consultation.
Medical marijuana telehealth systems make it easy to get a medical marijuana card. The platform connects patients with physicians who have registered with the system. Once approved for the medical marijuana program, the patient’s doctor can provide a treatment recommendation and instructions on what the patient needs to do to register with the state system.
The service is available to millions of people in many different states. For those interested in the NuggMD platform, it operates in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri , Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
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