Ethics in the legal weed business?

An Idealist

It’s frustrating. I have a newfound respect for the likes of the Wright Brothers and Neil Tyson Degrasse (well not really the later but definitely the first). Being ahead of the curve isn’t easy and isn’t fun and is basically a shitty place to exist. I live somewhere between being laughed at by the medical profession and talked about by stoners. The best part is; I fit perfectly into both of those worlds and am not accepted by either. I had such high hopes of what this industry would look like and be like in OKlahoma. Six months in and my husband is in the corner saying I told you so while slowly shaking his head. Not in a mean way, but in a sad disappointed way. He thinks I am an idealist and in the traditional sense; I am idealistic about some things in business. I don’t operate from a position of scarcity. What does that mean? I believe that if we are stewards of the resources we posses; there is enough for everyone. I don’t believe in socialism, communism, or capitalism as an answer to the worlds problems. All of the isms can go to hell for all I care right now. I believe in democracy in its most pure form; uncorrupted by man. I also believe that people are generally good and doing the best they can. In business those values can be flaws, but can they also be strengths?

A Steward

Stewardship has been a concept that has been ingrained in my heart and mind since a very early age. I was a girl scout for as far back as I can remember and a christian from conception. I was constantly made aware of taking care of the things and people around me. Growing up we were a halfway house for stray animals (and people). My moms heart is much bigger than her wallet or home, a practice she still hones to this day. The idea of taking care of the environment was a hot topic in school in the 1980s and 90s. It was cool to conserve. I remember in third grade doing a play on conservation. I still hum those tunes when brushing my teeth occasionally. So when after college I saw numbers and money become truly what it is, just something on paper that really doesn’t mean anything and all at the same time means everything; I was convinced that there is enough for everyone. We may need to alter how we think about resources and what needs versus luxuries are worth the cost, but at the end of the day, there is enough. There is enough water, land, space, oxygen, we just have to be mindful of how we use those resources. Now your asking, what the fuck is she talking about now? What does stewardship have to do with cannabis and medical marijuana or even ethics? Cannabis is the first industry that has started with the idea of conservation and promoting of ideas that look beyond today and the bottom line. Ideas and practices that will shape the future of commerce. Ideas that will revolutionize trade, agriculture, and industry. Sustainability has been at the forefront of this industry since the beginning. Far before legalization were the growers and farmers creating renewable and sustainable growing practices. Cannabis allows humans a unique way to commune with nature not only through ingesting it but through using it to fuel our minds and economy.

An Opportunity

Oklahoma has a unique opportunity to set the standard for adoption of laws that basically eradicate any barriers to entry, which has been amazing. Literally anyone with a clean OSBI record, $2,500 and not within 1,000 feet of a school can stake claim on their medical marijuana business in Oklahoma. At least until August when the belt buckle tightens and the first round of serious adjustments to the legislation take place. So we have thousands of Oklahomans (some backed by out of staters) staking claim and fighting like the dickens for their portion. Stakes are high folks and the gloves are off. The problem I see isn’t that there is competition. It’s rather that competition is not raising the level of community we have here. It is disheartening to see patients hustled through events and not taken seriously.

It’s time to raise the standard. It’s time to set the standard for what a successful medical marijuana program looks like. We are creating the mold for equality and access to medical marijuana, hopefully we can maintain a semblance of ethical decision making during these transitional times. Pioneering a new industry isn’t for the weak hearted. I look forward to working with individuals dedicated to creating an atmosphere of acceptance, diversity and wellness.

What to expect during your patient evaluation

Excellence

At Bloom Healthcare the patient is the number one priority. From the time you enter the door until the time you leave our space your comfort and experience at the forefront of our minds. Our goal is to provide excellent service and access to knowledgeable doctors who are willing to discuss medicinal cannabis uses with their patients. We want to provide informed consent and appropriate access to medical marijuana in the state of Oklahoma. If the state requires you to pay a doctor to obtain a recommendation; then get your money’s worth. Our doctors are up to date on marijuana research and emerging research regarding the use and efficacy of marijuana for medical uses.

Documentation

Just like when you go to the doctors office for antibiotics or counseling session, seeing a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation requires paperwork and identification. The identification required by the state can be reviewed here. Our clinic prefers state or federal issued IDs and does not guarantee the acceptance of any other documents for proof of identity.

Privacy

Your privacy is our number one priority. Our scheduling systems and office procedures ensure our continued compliance with HIPPA laws. We offer ample time with the doctor to discuss your specific health concerns and our team is trained to ensure you understand potential drug interactions that can occur with cannabis use. There aren’t waiting rooms full of people overhearing your concerns.

Medical History

Our paperwork may seem like a lot, but establishing a relationship with the patient is serious business. It is important that we obtain a medical history for every patient that includes medical history, current medications, diagnoses, hospitalizations, and social information/drug usage. It is important to understand how cannabis can interact with specific medications and legal/illegal drugs prior to initiating a relationship with cannabis. You do not have to have a diagnoses to obtain a medical marijuana card in the state of Oklahoma. Please be honest with the doctor about how and why you use cannabis products to maximize your time and patient experience.

The Exam

Our team will take your temperature (mostly to make sure we don’t get sick), check your blood pressure, respiration, obtain height, weight, and general health information. It is normal to feel a little stressed when meeting a new doctor. Don’t worry, we are here to help and only bit when bitten. The doctor will review your chart then discuss any health concerns with you and ask if you have any questions about medical marijuana. Suggestions for ingestion methods may be made depending on specific health conditions to facility or maximize efficacy. At this time we are unable to prescribe or recommend specific amounts or strains due to regulations that prevent interstate commerce and medical research; however, we will make every effort to find your resources and solutions for your medical marijuana needs.

OMMA

Upon completion of your evaluation; we will upload your recommendation, picture, proof of identity, proof of residency, and proof of soonercare/medicaid if applicable to the OMMA website. Don’t worry, we will take the picture too. Come ready for a mug shot. Just kidding, but not really. No teeth, no smiles, no medical tubes allowed. For more information about the picture requirements, see here. Luckily for you, this isn’t our first rodeo, so we will help you get it right the first time. The OMMA charges a fee of $104.30 or $22.50 for soonercare and medicaid patients. A copy of the insurance card or confirmation is required by the state to receive the discounted rate of $22.50. After completion of your OMMA application all you need to do it wait for the confirmation email and then when you postman delivers your card, head to your local dispensary.

Follow-Up

Currently medical marijuana cards expire two years or 24 months after they are issued. We will do our best to notify patients when it is time to renew and of course we have discount renewals for repeat patients. At Bloom Healthcare we strive to make the process as easy and painless as possible.

OMMA FAQ - Updated April 16, 2019

Below are the frequently asked questions from the OMMA website as of 04/16/19.

What is a medical marijuana patient license?

A medical marijuana patient license allows an individual with an approved application to legally buy, use, and grow medical marijuana and medical marijuana products in Oklahoma. This license will be in the form of an identification card that can be used to prove an individual is a license holder. This card will contain the individual’s name, photo, date of birth, city and county of residence, the type of license, the date the license expires, and the patient’s unique medical marijuana license number.

How long does my patient license last?

A patient license is valid for two years from the date it is issued, unless the license is revoked by OMMA.

How do I apply?

Applications and payment will be collected through an online system. This system is available at omma.ok.gov. You will need a valid email address to login to this system. This email address will be used to send notices once you create an account.

What information do I need to provide in the application?

The following information is needed for a patient license:

§  Patient’s full name

§  Residence and mailing address

§  Date of birth

§  Telephone number and email address

§  Physician information

§  Patient signature dated within 30 days of the application date

What documentation do I need to provide in the application?

The following unexpired, valid documentation is required for the application:

§  Proof of Oklahoma residency (digital, color copy of one of the following):  

§  Oklahoma driver’s license (front and back)

§  Oklahoma identification card (front and back)

§  Oklahoma voter identification card

§  A utility bill for the calendar month preceding the date of application, excluding cellular telephone and internet bills

§  A residential property deed to property in the State of Oklahoma

§  A current rental agreement for residential property located in the State of Oklahoma

§  Proof of identity (digital, color copy of one of the following):  

§  Oklahoma driver’s license (front and back)

§  Oklahoma identification card (front and back)

§  U.S. passport or other photo identification issued by the U.S government

§  Tribal identification card approved for identification purposes by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety:  

§  United States Bureau of Indian Affairs identification card or a Oklahoma tribal photo identification cards: Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache of Oklahoma, Absentee Shawnee, Cheyenne-Arapaho, Choctaw, Delaware, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma issued on or after January 8, 2008.

§  A clear, color, full-face digital photograph

§  Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form dated within 30 days of application submission

§  **Please note: The “Certifying Board” field on this form must be filled out in its entirety or the application will be rejected. Please ensure the physician fills this out using the full, complete name of his or her certifying board (e.g., “American Board of Family Medicine” instead of “Family Medicine”).**

§  If applicable, the patient’s Medicaid (SoonerCare) or Medicare insurance card or enrollment documentation

How much does the application cost?

The standard application fee is $100. Individuals who provide acceptable proof of Medicaid (SoonerCare) or Medicare enrollment will pay a reduced fee of $20. Application fees must be paid by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card. An additional credit card processing fee will be added to the transaction. These application and processing fees are non-refundable. The payment will not be refunded for applications not approved.

What if I don’t have a credit card?

Many retail stores have pre-paid MasterCard or Visa cards available for purchase. Applicants who do not have access to a personal credit card may purchase one of these pre-paid cards and load the amount of the licensing and processing fees at the store. The card may then be used for the online transaction.

How do I get a doctor’s recommendation?

You will need to visit your doctor and have him or her complete and sign the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form. A digital copy of this form must be submitted with the application through the online system.

This form must be dated within 30 days of the date you apply. For instance, if your physician signs the recommendation form on September 30, the application must be submitted by October 30.

What happens after I apply?

Once the application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the OMMA. If it is deemed complete and meets all requirements, an approval letter with your identification card will be mailed within 14 days of your application submission date.

If an application is incomplete due to unclear or missing information or documents, you will receive email correspondence stating the reason(s) it is incomplete. You will be able to log back in to your account to make corrections. Your submission date is the date a complete application is provided.

If an application is reviewed and denied because all requirements have not been met, a denial letter stating the reason(s) for denial will be mailed within 14 days of submission.

Who will check my license identification card?

A medical marijuana identification card and another form of identification should be presented any time you purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary or have marijuana taken to a processor to be concentrated. Law enforcement may also require your identification card to prove you are licensed to legally use and possess medical marijuana.

What if I need someone to help me buy or use medical marijuana?

Caregiver licenses are available for caregivers of certain patients who can provide documentation from a physician that they need a caregiver. This documentation is part of the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form and can be provided by you when you submit your application or at a later date by accessing your online account. A patient can only have one licensed caregiver at a time, and the caregiver must submit an application meeting all requirements to receive a caregiver license. This includes the requirement that the caregiver must provide an Adult Patient Caregiver Designation Form signed by you.

Can I change my caregiver?

Yes, you may submit the Patient Withdrawal of Caregiver Form to withdraw a current caregiver. To designate another caregiver, a separate caregiver application with another Adult Patient Caregiver Designation Form signed by the patient will be required.

We are Bloom Healthcare, a medical marijuana clinic.  We provide medical marijuana recommendations to adult patients 18 years and older who are residents of the state of Oklahoma.  Our office is centrally located on the East side of Oklahoma City, on N Kelley Ave, one-mile East of 235 and 3 miles west of I-35 on Britton Road.  We have office hours Monday through Friday and on Tuesday evenings.  Appointments are $150 ($75 veterans) please bring an additional $104.30/$22.50 to process your OMMA application with the state (see fee breakdown above). Book online at https://www.bloomdoctors.com/appointments .

Dear Dispensary Owners...

We are Bloom Healthcare, a medical marijuana clinic.  We provide medical marijuana recommendations to adult patients 18 years and older who are residents of the state of Oklahoma.  Our office is centrally located on the East side of Oklahoma City, on N Kelley Ave, one-mile East of 235 and 3 miles west of I-35 on Britton Road.  We have office hours Monday through Friday and on Tuesday evenings. 

We have been so excited to be a part of this growing industry in Oklahoma.  It has been a pleasure to serve the members of our community.  If you are unfamiliar with our clinic, I recommend visiting our website at bloomdoctors.com.  We have been asked many times to provide clinical services in a dispensary setting.  It has proved difficult and cumbersome for all parties.  We have instead created an avenue for dispensary staff to create a relationship with the patient in a neutral and relaxing environment.  We have teamed with the staff of the Oklahoma Wellness Collective to provide patient drives in house. 

What does this mean for the dispensary?  We reserve our entire facility for your patient drive.  We schedule a mutually beneficial time (at least three weeks prior to the date).  You book the appointments through our system!  We will set up a specific event just for your patients.  The day of the drive, you bring at least three staff that are capable of completing the OMMA application online with patients.  We provide the space and the doctor while you get the one on one time with the patient.  We suggest bringing brochures, business cards, and coupons to the event.  We have a 700 sq ft education room upstairs that you are welcome to offer refreshments or education to the patients during the drive.  Start off on the right foot with your patients.  The best part is we offer discount rates for these events.  $100 regular $75 veteran.  Leave your patients excited, happy, and knowing where they will make their first legal medical marijuana purchase.  If you are interested in learning more, please email us at bloomdoctors@outlook.com.

 

In Weed We Trust,

Kristina Amiraslani

4 Steps to get a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma.

Obtaining a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma can be complicated and time consuming.  Luckily, there are businesses like us (BLOOM HC) working hard to expedite and streamline the process making it less burdensome for the patient.  Quicker access to medicine means faster relief.

Getting your medical marijuana recommendation is simple and legal

Oklahoma state law requires patients to obtain a license through the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). Before obtaining a license, a patient must obtain a recommendation from a state of Oklahoma board certified doctor (MD or DO). We will explain each step of the process and help you maximize your cannabis evaluation and education through our evaluation process.

Step One: Schedule an appointment.  You can call (405) 310-8420 M-F during normal business hours to speak to a live person.  Or you can book directly at bloomdoctors.com/appointments and choose a time that is convenient for you.  Appointments are $150 or $75 for veterans. The OMMA fee of $104.30 ($22.50 is payable to the OMMA). Total out of pocket is $254.30. All applications are completed on site with the help of our staff.

Step Two: Register with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA.ok.gov).  The OMMA was established to oversee the medical marijuana program for the State of Oklahoma. It is responsible for licensing, regulating, and administering the program as authorized by state law. Operating under the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the primary goal is to ensure safe and responsible practices for the people of Oklahoma.

Step Three: Go to your appointment.  Be prepared to discuss your current medications with the doctor.  You do not need to bring your entire medical history but anything pertinent to your current medical conditions and diagnoses.  You will need a valid (current not expired) Oklahoma issued ID, government issued ID, or passport.

Step Four: Complete your application with the OMMA.  If your application was not completed when you received your recommendation, complete your application at OMMA.ok.gov.  It generally takes 14 business days to get notice you are approved and approximately 10 days for the card to be printed and received in the mail. 

Once you have received your card in the mail, you can proceed to your nearest dispensary and begin your healing journey. 

3 Most Asked Questions of 2018

In the medical marijuana recommendation business you see it all. Literally everyone has anxiety and chronic sleep issues. The fact is, Americans are miserable and we don’t sleep well. We have headaches and hangovers from the literal cocktail of medicine and substances of which we bombard our bodies. What questions do we hear the most from our patients (before they see the doctor).

  1. What do I have to say to the doctor?

    You don’t have to say anything. It’s obvious why you are here and now is your time to get to ask a doctor about how to best use marijuana. That’s what makes this medicine folks. It’s not called trick the doctor into giving me a script. What are you using marijuana to fix. Is it replacing ambien? Xanax? A glass of wine? an oxy? When we really look at what we are and how we interact with cannabis, we see that it has been used as medicine, we just weren’t aware of how.

  2. What strain do I need to get?

    Strain, cultiver, chemovar, and strand are all commonly used terms to describe the various combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes within the cannabis plant. Each persons endocannabinoid system and body in general will react differently to cannabis and the components therein. The easiest way we can liken choosing cannabis is to picking fruit. Start with the eyes, look at it, does it look appealing. Then the nose. Does the plant have a pleasant odor? Pungent and earthy or light and fruity? Your nose will guide you to what will work best with your body. After you have tried a few different kinds of cannabis, you will begin to develop a pallet that allows you to hone in on what works best for your specific needs. A generally guideline that mostly holds true is look for sativas for during the day and indicas for sleep and relaxation. A good dispensary and great budtender will help guide you as you learn how to medicate.

  3. Where do I go to get my medicine?

    We have made a point to spend time in dispensaries learning what makes a great dispensary. The most important thing is comfort. You need to be comfortable going in and talking to the staff. Think of them as a combination pharmacist and buddy. A buddy that likely has a significantly higher tolerance than yourself. Always keep that in mind when talking to budtenders. Look for consistency and lab testing for pesticides, heavy metals, and contaminates in the products you purchase. It is the law for a reason. The patient needs to be protected and medicine should be clean and safe. And finally, great products. Find a place that is like your Cheers. Your people are out there. Go find them and have fun finding your “place”.

If you need actual assistance finding a dispensary in your area, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help you find the resources you need.

Blooms Mission

Bloom Healthcare Inc

Bloom Healthcare was founded as a resource for Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Patients.  Our clinic offers comprehensive medical marijuana evaluations in order to reduce negative exposures to cannabis.  We aim to provide education and appropriate access to the citizens of Oklahoma.  Our compassionate staff will guide you through the application process and help familiarize our patients with cannabis as medicine in a fun and inviting atmosphere. 

Please visit bloomdoctors.com/appointments to schedule a medical marijuana evaluation appointment with one of our board certified doctors. Medical marijuana evaluations are $254.30. This includes the $150 doctors off visit and recommendation fee and the $104.50 fee to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. A discounted fee is available for veterans and soonercare/medicaid participants. If you have additional questions, please call us at (405) 310-8420.