Illinois Doctor Fined Over Medical Marijuana Slip

ILLINOIS:  Illinois regulators have disciplined a doctor who they say misled potential patients by offering pre-approval for medical marijuana through a Chicago company called Good Intentions — a business that’s carrying on its work with patients and plans to have a float in the city’s Thanksgiving parade.

Dr. Brian Murray will be on probation for at least two years and has been fined $10,000, according to a consent order signed last month and released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the agency that oversees doctor licensing.

Phone messages left for Murray’s attorney weren’t immediately returned. The doctor agreed to the discipline without admitting to any wrongdoing, according to the consent order. Murray can continue to practice medicine, but must meet with a monitor who will review some of his patients’ charts, including anyone he certifies to use marijuana.

The case underscores the hard line Illinois regulators plan to take on physician involvement in the state’s new medical marijuana program. State law requires a doctor’s written certification before a patient can use marijuana and a “bona fide” doctor-patient relationship, including an exam. Doctors can’t accept payments for the marijuana certification itself, only for the treatment and care they provide.

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