Arizona

Nov 9, 2013 3:02 PM by Associated Press

Arizona targets lax medical marijuana doctors

PHOENIX - Arizona health officials are looking to root out physicians who are improperly recommending medical marijuana for patients who claim to suffer from chronic pain.

The Arizona Republic reports the state Department of Health Services wants to collect more nuanced information about those patients with chronic pain as part of the effort.

Patients seeking permission to use medical marijuana cited chronic pain as a debilitating condition about 26,500 times from July 2012 through June 2013.

In addition to gathering more information, Health Services Director Will Humble says he wants to continue intensive training for doctors who recommend marijuana in high volumes.

A new report by the health department analyzed the second year of the state's medical marijuana program and found that a small number of physicians write a big share of the pot recommendations.

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