Hi. I work with Michigan nurse practitioners who work
in Nurse-managed, independent settings. I work as part of M3-N, the
Michigan Medical Marijuana Network. The NP's I work with generally
maintain their own practices. Our collaborative arrangement allows
interested nurse practitioners to provide in-house recommendations for Medical
Under the current law, NP's may not provide medical marijuana
recommendations/certifications, themselves. As a collaborating physician,
however, working with and trusting my Nurse colleagues to do superior histories
and physical examinations, I provide that service. There is no charge to
the NPs as this is a collaborative effort to make Medical Marijuana - which has
many advantages over standard pain medications - more widely available to the
general population of Michigan. Moreover, I strongly believe that the
patient should be followed and monitored appropriately. This is best done
by the patient's own provider, their local nurse practitioner.
We abide by all state rules and regulations regarding the collaborative
arrangement. Our arrangement has also been reviewed and accepted by the
Michigan Department of Community Health, Medical Marihuana Registry. Our
organization has been functioning successfully for the past 10 months.
Up to this point, however, I work with very few NP's because it is most
difficult to find those who are in independent practice or who wish to and are
capable of participating in the project. If you are interested in joining
our project to help the citizens of Michigan, or if you know an appropriate NP
who might be interested, please contact me either here or, preferably, via
email at Dr.MACohn@M3-N.org.
Mitchell A. Cohn, D.O.