At least three doctor’s offices in Oakland Park offer prescriptions to individuals seeking medical marijuana. That’s in addition to the one office, Green Health, 1749 NE 26 St, Suite E, in Wilton Manors. In Oakland Park, there’s All Natural Medical Solutions, GE Health Medical, and Peace Medical.
Cathy Paget, founder of GE Health Medical, 87 NE 44 St., Suite 2, said she was inspired to open her doors by her father’s losing fight with cancer.
Padget said her father was on chemotherapy but could no longer take the side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, and skin discoloration, caused by treatment.
“My father died of lung cancer 22 years ago. He said, ‘I can’t take this chemo anymore.’ Two weeks later, he was in the hospital. If we had medical marijuana, maybe he could have held on a little longer. He would tell me about the nausea, the pain, the humiliation. It changes your life. At the end, he was small, shriveled and gray.”
She also views medical marijuana as a way to help solve the current opioid crisis facing the country. “There are so many people suffering . . . of all ages. If I can just change one life, than that’s wort a million dollars to me. It’s not about the money, it’s about the people,” said Padget, who estimated that about 180 patients have come through since she opened in April. “I found a great physician and we’re working together to help people.”
In addition to helping with cancer and opioid abuse, medical marijuana can be helpful with HIV/AIDS-related issues, diabetes, PTSD, arthritis, back muscle spasms, seizures, epilepsy, glaucoma, Parkinson’s, and more.
“We’re accepting patients now. A lot of our patients come to us for a variety of reasons. We’re more than happy to see them,” said Brian Holzermer, medical assistant at Peace Medical, 5333 N Dixie Hwy. Suite 204.
He estimated that at least 50 patients have been given medical marijuana prescriptions by Dr. James Milne, an osteopathic doctor. Milne was open before he started prescribing marijuana but added the service earlier this year.
But although these offices can only offer prescriptions and can’t dispense medical marijuana, and the nearest dispensary is in Miami, Holzermer said patients can get their medication delivered without even traveling.
“Everything is done electronically,” Holzermer said. All that’s required is for the patient to be present during delivery with an official form of state ID to prove they are the one who was prescribed the medication. He compared it to the arrival time windows used by cable companies.
Medical marijuana can be prescribed in pill form, through an eyedropper administered under the tongue, and through vapor. There are also non-THC products available on the market.
All Natural Medical Solutions is located at 1131 East Commercial Blvd. The Gazette was unable to reach the office for comment.