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Guidance for Recommending Physicians

What are the requirements that must be met to recommend a patient obtain a medical marijuana license?

  • A physician must be in good standing with his or her licensure board.
  • The physician must establish a medical record for the patient and must have a bona fide physician-patient relationship.
  • The physician must determine the presence of a medical condition(s) for which the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the use of medical marijuana.
  • The physician must recommend a medical marijuana license according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow for recommending or approving any medication.
  • If applicable, the physician may certify that the patient is homebound or does not have the capability to self-administer or purchase medical marijuana due to a developmental disability or a physical or cognitive impairment; and the physician believes the patient would benefit from having a caregiver with a caregiver’s license designated to manage the patient's medical marijuana on the patient's behalf.
  • The physician must verify the patient’s identity as provided in the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Rules (310:681-1-7).

What information will I be asked to provide on the Physician Recommendation Form?

You will be asked to attest to the items listed in the requirements section above. You will also need to provide the following information:

Name, office address, licensing entity (board of licensure), certifying board for specialty, medical license number, and your National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. You may provide information on medical conditions for patients, but this is optional.

Will my licensure information and other information I submit for registration be verified?

Yes, information submitted will be verified with your licensure board.

Can resident physicians recommend the use of medical marijuana for a patient?

No, physicians in their residency or other graduate medical training do not meet the definition of physician per the rules established for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Program (OAC 310:681-1-9.1(a)).

Can I withdraw as the authorizing physician for a patient who I previously recommended to receive a patient license?

No, a valid physician recommendation form submitted at the time of the patient’s application will provide a license for a term of two years.

Am I allowed to complete a recommendation form for a minor?

Yes, but any minor application must provide two separate recommendation forms from two physicians. These forms are available in the Minor Patients section.