1. Prior to a patient’s submission of an application for a medical cannabidiol registration card pursuant to section 124E.4, a health care practitioner shall do all of the following:

 a. Determine, in the health care practitioner’s medical judgment, whether the patient whom the health care practitioner has examined and treated suffers from a debilitating medical condition that qualifies for the use of medical cannabidiol under this chapter, and if so determined, provide the patient with a written certification of that diagnosis.
 b. Provide explanatory information as provided by the department to the patient about the therapeutic use of medical cannabidiol and the possible risks, benefits, and side effects of the proposed treatment.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 124E.3

  • Debilitating medical condition: means any of the following:
  • Department: means the department of public health. See Iowa Code 124E.2
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Health care practitioner: means an individual licensed under chapter 148 to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery who is a patient's primary care provider. See Iowa Code 124E.2
  • Medical cannabidiol: means any pharmaceutical grade cannabinoid found in the plant Cannabis sativa L. See Iowa Code 124E.2
  • Rule: includes "regulation". See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Written certification: means a document signed by a health care practitioner, with whom the patient has established a patient-provider relationship, which states that the patient has a debilitating medical condition and identifies that condition and provides any other relevant information. See Iowa Code 124E.2
 2. Subsequently, the health care practitioner shall do the following:

 a. Determine, on an annual basis, if the patient continues to suffer from a debilitating medical condition and, if so, issue the patient a new certification of that diagnosis.
 b. Otherwise comply with all requirements established by the department pursuant to rule.
 3. A health care practitioner may provide, but has no duty to provide, a written certification pursuant to this section.