Medical hashish ambulance takes to the streets in Maine

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The “mobile certification body” carries out house calls by arrangement.

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The growthOp The The “Mobile Certification Unit” enables Maine residents to enroll in the state’s medical cannabis program in a private and practical setting. /. Photo of medical marijuana practitioners Instagram

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Joseph Sorbello is a medical assistant who helps Maine residents gain access to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Its “mobile certification unit,” a redesigned ambulance that makes house calls to enroll people in the state’s medical cannabis program, has been around for a few years but caught the attention of Reddit earlier this week, reports WCYY.

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On the company’s website, Sorbello writes that after years of success with medical cannabis, he worked with local agents to include medical assistants in the prescribing rights for the state program.

The ambulance can often be spotted outside of the state’s statutory pharmacies and makes home calls by appointment, a strategy that greatly improves access for potential patients.

Medical cannabis is not taxed in Maine, and caregivers and qualified patients can own up to six mature plants and 71 grams of bud, according to Weedmaps. Qualifying conditions include chronic pain, epilepsy, and inflammatory bowel disease.

A recent survey by Health Canada found that nearly 80 percent of respondents said they would continue to have access to cannabis from a licensed manufacturer once legal retail sales of non-medicinal cannabis are available. However, many manufacturers focus on the leisure market often pushed aside.

“After recreational activities were legalized in 2018, many have forgotten or neglected the needs of the patient community, the same community that paved the way for cannabis legalization as we see it today,” wrote Max Monahan-Ellison, board member of Medical Cannabis Canada in a column for The GrowthOp earlier this year.

Innovative approaches like Sorbello’s are just one way to improve medical access in Canada.

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