LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A Lawton doctor is holding a two-day medical marijuana recommendation event to help any patients who feel the drug could benefit them.
Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, the doctor at Lawton Urology has canceled all of his appointments and will only be meeting with patients to discuss medical marijuana. The event is open to anyone in our area who thinks there’s even the possibility medical marijuana could improve their life.
Doctor Michael Kuglitsch said he has closely followed the medical marijuana debate because he feels the medication could greatly benefit cancer patients he treats.
"For many years we have had difficulty stimulating appetites in chemotherapy and cancer patients. Also, I take a lot of time with pain being a surgeon so we’re always trying to come up with a new way to control pain,” Dr. Kuglitsch said.
Dr. Kuglitsch said there are countless conditions that medical marijuana could help treat but says there are limited doctors to prescribe that medication in southwest Oklahoma. So, he partnered with a local business to solve that problem. They’ll do that by hosting the medical marijuana recommendation event where anyone can come to Lawton Urology and get checked out and potentially diagnosed on the spot.
"This is such a new thing in Oklahoma and it’s a great thing for the people that need it. With people going to Oklahoma City, we decided that this would be a great way to get our people in our community signed up so they can get the new availability and technology and medicine,” said Rick Wolfe with Nature’s Meds.
An appointment at the event costs $100, or $50 if you’re a military veteran. Dr. Kuglitsch said the following conditions could receive medical marijuana recommendations: HIV, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Damage (back pain), Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Neuropathy, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Nausea, Muscle Spasm, Arthritis, Insomnia, Alzheimer’s, Asthma, Failure to Thrive, Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Sickle Cell, Low Back Pain, Pain, Pelvic Pain, Headache, Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Depression.
Even if something you have isn't on the list, Dr. Kuglitsch encourages you to come see him.
"They may be taking medication currently, particularly narcotics for pain and they may not view that as an appropriate or possible use of cannabis, but I highly recommend it to try to reduce their narcotic use. Everyone will be evaluated,” Dr. Kuglitsch said.
But, just because you come in and get evaluated doesn’t mean you will necessarily leave with a recommendation.
"Certainly there will be some people who come in and say they have back pain and want to get a cannabis license. Unfortunately, today we have no way to test for pain. It’s up to the physician to try to figure out is this legitimate or just somebody trying find a way to get non-street marijuana,” Dr.Kuglitsch said.
Walk-ins are welcome at the event and while you do not need to make an appointment, if you want to do so you can call (580) 771 – 2008.