I am a fan of Phoenix New Times. The alternative weekly has some hard-hitting reporting and covers stories that the mainstream local media sometimes ignores or gives superficial coverage. So it is no criticism of the editorial content of that publication when I say I turned to its ad pages to see how Arizona physicians were handling their responsibilities under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA).
A couple of recent issues had two full pages of ads for medical marijuana related products and services. Most of those ads promoted medical marijuana evaluations. The going rate seems to be about $100 for certifications.
The ads feature clever phrases such as "Get Legal Now," and "Chronic pain qualifies you!"
Other ads feature smiling, attractive and predominantly female health care providers in white lab coats with stethoscopes draped around their necks. The ads assure that services are "100% Privacy Guaranteed!!!" There's even one ad offering a "compassionate special" -- refer five people and the renewal is 50% off.
Arizona employers need to know that it does not appear difficult for workers who want a medical marijuana ID card to find a doctor who will certify their need for one.