Maine doctor who held marijuana clinics in hotels is reprimanded, fined

September 15th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

The state board that licenses medical doctors has reprimanded a physician who held medical marijuana clinics in hotels, failed to keep adequate records and engaged in other unprofessional conduct.

It the first action taken by the medical board against a Maine doctor in connection with medical marijuana since it first became legal in 1999.

The board investigation found that Dr. William Ortiz held a “medical seminar” at a conference room at the University Motor Inn in Orono and at the Black Bear Inn in March, 2013, where he saw patients 59 patients over two days and charged $200 cash to issue a three-month medical marijuana certificate. Followup visits were $175 for a one-year certificate, the reprimand said.

Ortiz agreed to pay a $2,000 fine and reimburse the Board of Licensure in Medicine $1,412 for the costs of its investigation.

The board’s investigation was in response to information received from the Maine Medical Marijuana Program, the agency of the Department of Health and Human Services which oversees the state’s rules governing access to medical marijuana.

Under questioning from the board, Ortiz gave differing accounts of how long he met with individual patients over the two-day clinic and how long he gave medical lectures orienting new patients with medical marijuana. The board said using his estimates, Ortiz would have spent four hours giving lectures on March 20, and 22 hours seeing patients that same day. The patients came from all over the state.

Of the 59 patients seen, there was no documentation of an examination for 44

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