Fayetteville doctor Gerard Rodziewicz is one of only 675 physicians in New York who can write a prescription for medical marijuana.
He says the conservative nature of doctors could be the reason why more are not signing up.
“I think part of the job of all of us is to try and change our culture. Try to get people out about it. Try to get people to understand that this is just another medicine that can be tried for people’s illnesses,” Dr. Rodziewicz said.
Last week the state health department announced it will authorize nurse practitioners to certify patients for the drug in an effort to reach more folks who need it.
“I think the more people who are involved the more people are going to see that the stuff actually works, that it’s safe, effective, that their neighbors or family members benefited from it. This is how we need to change our culture,” Dr. Rodziewicz said.
Rodziewicz says he doesn’t mind speaking up about prescribing the drug because of how helpful it can be.
“We have had a number of people in our own practice who’ve really benefited from it. Folks who have tried other types of medication other classes of medicine that just didn’t work have tried this class of medicine the medical marijuana medicine and its worked for them,” Dr. Rodziewicz said.
The State Health Department is reaching out to registered doctors to see who is willing to have their name listed publicly. Since Dr. Rodziewicz has released his name he can be contacted directly. You can reach him by going to the website medmarijuanaconsultants.com