Northwest Primary Care, a local Medical Group has decided and begun informing
patients who have legitimate diagnoses of Chronic Pain that they will soon no
longer be treated with pharmaceutical pain medications if they choose to avail
themselves of Medical Marijuana.
Current patients who use both pharmaceutical pain medications (opiates) and
medical marijuana will have to decide which of the treatments they can utilize.
Those that choose pharmaceutical treatment will be subjected to urine analysis
(piss tests) to ensure they are not using medical marijuana at the same time.
This will occur even in cases where opiates and MMJ are treating different issues
such as pain and loss of appetite as many cancer patients suffer from.
Doctors within the practice are telling patients that no specific date for the
change has been set and it will take some time to put in place. The also are
saying that it is a done deal. Many of the affected patients are very upset at
the information, according to other sources inside the medical group. They are
faced with deciding between treatments or the prospect of finding a new physician.
Northwest Primary Care, ostensibly purport their values as:
"Northwest Primary Care is dedicated to Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Our training, interests and enthusiasm emphasize the total care of the family,
including general medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and limited
"Our model of care is based on the concept of a relationship-centered personal
medical home, where patients can receive a variety of services, including acute,
chronic and preventive medical care.
"We cherish the long-term relationships we build with the patients and families
--From the NWPC Website
Some may recall that the Obama administration had announced, some time ago, a
truce in the federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana by those
legally using it for medical purposes in States where it has been approved by
voters, such as Oregon. However, the Pharmaceutical Industry has in the last
few weeks announced that it wants to enter the market of providing, and
profiting, from Medical Marijuana. The FDA has, as expected, been receptive to
the plan, and are once again targeting the MMJ infrastructure. In Washington,
state, the Governor vetoed a Dispensary bill due to fear that the federal
government will go after state employees who would have administered the