Doctor at Chicago Pot Clinic May Lose License
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Doctor at Chicago Pot Clinic May Lose License
Posted by CN Staff on December 17, 2013 at 06:52:05 PT
By Michelle Manchir, Tribune Reporter
Source: Chicago Tribune 
Illinois -- A doctor at the helm of a Chicago clinic that claimed it could help patients get certified to receive medical marijuana faces charges from the state’s professional regulation authority that he misled patients.Dr. Brian Murray, who has an active physician’s and surgeon’s license in the state and helped open the Good Intentions clinic in West Town in August, could face revocation of his license, the state said Monday in a news release.
The state said Murray has violated the state’s Medical Practice Act by acting unprofessionally and in a misleading way by, among other allegations, pre-qualifying patients for medical cannabis without conducting examinations, diagnosing conditions or establishing a legitimate patient-doctor relationship, while charging a $99 registration fee.The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, signed this year by Gov. Pat Quinn and taking effect beginning Jan. 1, allows for the legal possession, use and sale of marijuana for some 40 medical conditions, including HIV and cancer. It is more restrictive than laws in some other states.But to get certified, patients must have an existing relationship with a physician who can provide documentation to support his or her medical need to use the drug.When interviewed in August at the clinic opening, Murray said he hoped to establish a meaningful doctor-patient relationship with patients who don’t have one.On Monday, clinic general manager Daniel Reid said the clinic had not yet seen a copy of the complaint and said he was “shocked.”The clinic is trying to help the truly sick and has received 25,000 requests for appointments since its August opening, Reid said.He said 70 percent of the patients who’ve contacted the clinic said they do not have an existing doctor, and that some patients have even been referred to Murray from other local hospitals and doctors.Murray could not be immediately reached for comment.Rules for administration of the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act aren’t expected to be finalized until winter of 2014, the release said.That means qualifying patients won’t be able to obtain medical marijuana from licensed facilities until at least that time, said Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Sue Hofer. Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author:    Michelle Manchir, Tribune ReporterPublished: December 17, 2013Copyright: 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 18, 2013 at 06:10:52 PT
Interesting story.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on December 17, 2013 at 07:36:08 PT
Go Get Em!
It's the Amerikan way, no compassion whatsoever.Lock em all up, that's the solution. (not).Duh! how long is this going to go on?
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