D.C. Doctors Able to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Be Kept a Secret, Department of Health Says

Looking for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana in the District? You’ll have to do some searching.

The D.C. Department of Health will not release the names of those sanctioned to recommend medical marijuana in the nation’s capital, according to Washingtonian.

DOH spokesperson Najma Roberts told Washingtonian in an email that “there is a regulation that prevents us from providing the names of the physicians”:

The actual regulation, 802.2, states: “The Department shall maintain a confidential record, which shall not be subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act, of each recommending physician for the purpose monitoring compliance with the Act.” The relevant part there is protection from FOIA requests.

Roberts said security is the reason for the tight confidentiality: “In other states where the names of recommending physicians have been released, the physicians have received hostile threats and physicians have stopped recommending.” Another factor is the possibility of doctor self-promotion. “In other cases,” she said, “a recommending physician who has had his name exposed gets extra business from the free publicity.” The DC government doesn’t want to be in the position of having an impact on the “competitive position of a recommending doctor.”

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

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  1. Anonymous UK on

    Allow any qualified person to prescribe cannabis just the same way they can prescribe any other medicine. I don’t see why only some doctors are allowed to prescribe cannabis and not others – what benefit is this to public safety or health ?