Unlike their patients though, doctors will be watching from the sidelines this summer. They won’t write the prescriptions or decide how strong a dose of cannabis a patient will receive. In Minnesota, a doctor’s only role is to confirm that a patient has a qualifying condition — a yes or no answer on a Health Department form — before they send their sickest patients off to try their luck with the newly legalized drug.

“Then they’re out of the picture,” said Dr. Gregory Plotnikoff, an internal medicine specialist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. “Someone else is then actually prescribing and adjusting the dose, and it’s not a physician with clinical experience. … It’s literally a pharmacist following an algorithm.” [Read more at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune]