Since California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, pot doctors have been legally prescribing marijuana to cure a variety of illnesses. A pot doctor can be any practicing doctor with a medical license. Pot doctors do not need any special training to be certified to prescribe medical marijuana. This is because, in California, marijuana is treated like any other prescription drug.
When California first legalized medical marijuana in 1996, the general consensus was that marijuana would mostly be used to treat glaucoma and intense pain, especially pain associated with chronic illnesses like cancer. Now pot doctors prescribe marijuana for a wide variety of different ailments including psychological disorders like depression and anxiety. Because pot doctors have so much leeway in terms of to whom they can prescribe medical marijuana and for what reasons, some believe that pot doctors are willing to give marijuana prescriptions to anyone. While there may be some pot doctors that practice this way, this is not generally true.
Doctors that frequently prescribe medical marijuana are often stuck with the (occasionally pejorative) title of "pot doctors." However, it is important to remember that these so called pot doctors are, first and foremost, practicing medical professionals. These pot doctors must adhere to the strict ethical standards that apply to all physicians. Therefore, to suggest that all pot doctors, or even a large portion of pot doctors, are in some way corrupt is ludicrous and insulting. Yes, medical marijuana has become a multi-million dollar industry, but that does not mean that all of these so-called pot doctors are giving out prescriptions indiscriminately for a small piece of the pie.
In fact, in many cases, the opposite is true. Many pot doctors had actually been prescribing marijuana discretely for years, and they had been doing so long before this practice became legal. This is especially true for doctors specializing in dealing with patients with glaucoma, cancer, or anxiety. Today, these pot doctors are simply happy to be able to legally endorse a type of treatment that they had already supported for most of their medical career.
Many opponents of medical marijuana site the ease with which medical marijuana can be obtained as a sign that medical marijuana is the equivalent of a de-facto legalization of marijuana. This is, of course, a stretch. Yes, it is relatively easy to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana, but as stated earlier in the article, any physician prescribing medical marijuana is putting his medical license on the line every time he writes a prescription. In this case, medical marijuana is like any other prescription drug. The doctor must believe he or she is making the right decision, because their career and reputation depends on it. Pot doctors are not quacks operating with ulterior motives. Pot doctors are legitimate physicians with an open mind and a working knowledge of a very beneficial natural herb. Patients that use medical marijuana depend on the responsibility of pot doctors to keep the medical marijuana legal.