Newsbrief: Oregon Medical Marijuana Doctor Suspended, Fined, Put on Probation 4/26/02

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The Oregon Board of Medical Examiners has settled on sanctions against Molalla osteopath Dr. Phillip Leveque, who has signed medical marijuana applications for almost 2,000 Oregonians. Leveque will be suspended for 90 days beginning May 1, fined $5,000, and placed on 10 years probation with the medical board. The board's order also requires Leveque to follow "accepted standards" of medical care when signing medical marijuana applications.

Leveque told the Associated Press he agreed to the order because he feared the board would revoke his license if he refused, and he criticized the board's action as misguided. "This is harming my patients," he said. "This isn't harming me." He told AP he would use the three months to travel the state lobbying for the medical marijuana program and for ballot measures to ease access to it.

Leveque was accused of signing applications without conducting physical exams or sometimes without meeting them. He responded that some of his patients were disabled and lived in far-off, remote places. He consulted with them by phone after they mailed in their records, he said. He also lambasted Oregon doctors for refusing to participate in the state's medical marijuana program. Leveque has signed nearly 40% of the 3,600 applications filed in the state since the medical marijuana law went into effect three years ago. Only 5% of Oregon doctors have signed even one medical marijuana application, according to the state office that administers the program.

Visit http://www.drcnet.org/wol/226.html#drleveque for previous DRCNet coverage of Dr. Leveque.

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