Medical marijuana is a treatment option for qualified sick patients in Michigan, yet most doctors won’t certify patients to use it, reports the Detroit News. To fill the gap, some physicians are setting up clinics in the Detroit area expressly for the purpose of patient certification. Dr. William Gonte, founder of the Michigan Marijuana Certification Center, did just that after realizing his peers were shying away from certification.
Gonte and his 12-physician staff, which includes psychiatrists, general surgeons, family practitioners, and internists, have certified more than 2,000 patients in the last 12 months. Patients come from across the entire state. On a recent afternoon, Gonte’s waiting room was full of prospective patients. Gonte said patients must have explored traditional options before turning to medical marijuana. He doubts treating physicians will ever be in the business of medical marijuana certification because they are uncomfortable with the law and they don’t have the legal background.