Two medical marijuana doctors are under investigation after Florida health officials filed a complained against them based on information obtained by undercover investigators posing as patients. A lawyer representing one of the doctors termed it as a trap.
The Department of Health in Florida filed both complaints on the same day in 2019, and are waiting for administrative law judges to take action. This is the first significant action taken by Florida against doctors prescribing marijuana to patients.
Tallahassee doctor, Joseph Dorn is one of the doctors being investigated.
The complaint stated that Dorn was the chief medical officer of Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida between Feb. 2017 and Jan. 2018. During this period, Dorn issued 3,292 patients with medical marijuana, and each new patient had to pay $299 for the appointment.
Dorn is being accused of failing to conduct physical examinations of ‘Patient O.G’ and ‘Patient B.D,’ which violates medical marijuana laws.
According to the complaint, Dorn failed to do the following;
- Did not assess the patients’ medical histories,
- Did not diagnose the men with at least one qualifying medical condition
- Failed to determine if the use of medical marijuana by the patients would outweigh the potential health risks, and
- Did not review the patients’ controlled-drug prescription histories in the state’s database
Dorn is accused of making untrue and fraudulent representations in or related to medicine by recording false details in the men’s’ files to justify entering physician certifications for medical marijuana.
In November of 2017, Patient B.D saw Dorn and complained of muscle spasms and anxiety, but Dorn diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dorn asked the patient if he had been in any car accident, and the patient said he had eight years before the appointment but did not provide details about the severity of the accident. However, in his records, Don wrote that Patient B.D was suffering from PTSD because of trauma from the accident.
Patient O.G reported the second complaint against dorn, and his record shows that he was diagnosed with PTSD. Dorn went on to record a list of symptoms the patient was experiencing, but Patient O.G did not say that he had any symptoms.
Speaking to The News Service of Florida, Dorn’s Lawyer, Robert Beasley, said that the veterans’ group contacted him and stated that Florida health officials were going after doctors who used a PTSD diagnosis when prescribing medical marijuana. Many military veterans have PTSD.
Justin Davis, a Gainesville area doctor, was accused of violating state law by operating his office near the medical marijuana operator Trulieve’s office in Lady Lake. He was also accused of referring patients to Trulieve, as well as failing to determine if Patient K.G was pregnant. Patient K.G was also an undercover agent.
Industry watchers believe that these compliants in Florida are going to be followed closely by the entire marijuana industry, including SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING), because it may have far-reaching repurcussions on the willingness of doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients that can be helped.
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