click to enlarge Dr. Dane Flippin of Jonesboro The Times’ cover story this week on patient struggles to get doctor certifications for medical marijuana opens with the case of Erich Laufer, a Minnesota native who moved to Arkansas to take advantage of our state’s medical marijuana laws. Dr. Dane Flippin of Jonesboro agreed to certify to the state that Laufer has cancer, one of the medical conditions that will qualify him for a state-issued card he can use to purchase medical cannabis when it becomes available, sometime next year.
As it turns out, Flippin also moved to Arkansas because of medical marijuana. Flippin — who did a family practice residency in Jonesboro after getting his medical degree in Memphis and who is a descendant of the Flippin for whom the town is named — closed his family practice in Memphis after 20 years and moved to Arkansas in April to open an office strictly for medical cannabis patients. He sees about 10 a day, he said in an interview today.
Flippin told the Times he was neutral toward cannabis for