Four Colorado Doctors Suspended Over Medical Marijuana Recommendations

Four Colorado Doctors Suspended Over Medical Marijuana Recommendations

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On July 19, 2016, four Colorado doctors had their medical licenses suspended by the Colorado Medical Board for allegedly recommending unusually high plant counts to more than 1,500 medical marijuana patients.

The following doctors have been suspended: Dr. Gentry Dunlop, Aurora; Dr. Robert Maiocco, Denver; Deborah Parr, Durango; and William Stone, Colorado Springs.

According to The Denver Post, the recommendations in question permitted patients to possess or grow at least 75 marijuana plants. Under Colorado law, the standard amount is six plants unless a doctor deems more plants to be medically necessary.

However, the suspended doctors claim that the recommendations were medically necessary. Speaking with The Denver Post, Dr. William Stone alleges that many of his recommendations were for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis or severe migraines.

Others, Stone claims, were for patients that were bad at growing marijuana and the higher plant counts were meant to account for the plants that the patient would kill; regardless, Stone and his fellow physicians remain indefinitely suspended until the issue is resolved or appealed.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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