Pain Clinic Requires Marijuana Patient Urinalysis

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, October 17 2012 at 6:19 PM, Updated: Wed, October 17 2012 at 6:40 PM

It's another hit to medical marijuana patients as federal drug agents raid Southern Oregon medical marijuana farms.

At least one pain clinic in Medford is requiring patients who use medical marijuana to a urinalysis before prescribing them opiate medication. According to the company's CEO, the notice to patience is to stay in line with federal regulation. The DEA released in 1992, a manual for practitioners. It says in any case where state and federal law conflict, the practitioner must follow the more stringent rule. In this case, medical marijuana is legal under state law but remains illegal under federal regulation.  

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