State health-care regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into two medical professionals who were issuing medical-marijuana authorizations at Hempfest.
The investigation was initiated by the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday based on an Aug. 21 story in The Seattle Times, which described a reporter’s ability to get a medical-marijuana authorization based on complaints of back pain.
Tim Church, a DOH spokesman, declined to name the two health-care professionals but said the state’s naturopathic-advisory committee had opened a complaint. “It was opened as a result of media reports,” he said.
After an initial investigation into the two individuals, DOH will decide whether to close the case or proceed with a fuller probe and possibly to a disciplinary hearing, Church said. “Anytime we see something that could be outside the scope of a medical professional’s license, we take a look at it,” he said.
The DOH has not taken action against a medical professional for authorizing medical marijuana in the 13-year history of the law allowing it. But the proliferation of specialty medical-cannabis clinics over the past two years has increased concern that patients are being authorized for conditions not in the state law.
– Article from The Seattle Times.