Montana doctor fined over MMJ

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According to the Associated Press, a Montana doctor who saw roughly 150 patients over a 14 hour-period will — for the first time in the state, regarding medical marijuana — be fined $2,000 "for providing substandard care."

The state Board of Medical Examiners' action follows a stern warning issued by the board to doctors who participate in the "cannabis caravans" that travel around the state registering medical marijuana patients. The board cautioned those doctors not to let their standards of care slip, saying the mass screenings "inherently tend towards inadequate standards of care."

The physician,Dr. Patricia Cole, of Whitefish, said she never breached the doctor-patient relationship and believes she is being made an example of by the board. She said she is afraid other doctors may be discouraged from prescribing medical marijuana in their own offices because of this.

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