According to reports and public records, a doctor in Florida was fighting the state after his health department sent an undercover visit to his medical marijuana clinic and documented problematic practices.
Joseph Dorn, the operator of the Tallahassee Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinic in Florida, was the subject of a complaint from the health department, accusing him of falsifying or exaggerating assessments and failing to conduct a substantive assessment of patients during the agent’s visit. His license may be in jeopardy.
In 2017 and 2018, two agents traveled to Dorn as patients for medical marijuana consultation. They claim to suffer from diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and back pain. According to the departmental complaint, Dorn did not request medical records or ask patients in disguise. But he still wrote the prescriptions they needed to obtain medical marijuana.
The complaint pointed out that the Ministry of Health officially launched an investigation into Dorn in August 2019. According to people familiar with the matter, a hearing was held in September. news agency Florida report.
After that hearing, Dorn’s lawyer Ryan Andrews (JD) was tearing up the health department, believing that it might have violated federal law and tried to deceive Dorn. Part of the reason why Donne was targeted is that he is the medical director of Surterra Wellness, one of the state’s medical marijuana operators. State law prohibits doctors employed by these entities from ordering marijuana for treatment. Dorn had not been employed there since the stinging operation.
In 2016, after this practice was legalized in Florida, one of the first major actions in the state to prescribe marijuana against doctors. news agency.
According to the state database, Dorn has been holding a valid medical license in Florida since June 1994 without any disciplinary history; the deadline is January 31, 2022. According to his profile and state records on his website, he received a doctorate in medicine and dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
As the former medical director of Covenant Hospice and Citrus County Hospice Hospital, and the assistant medical director of Big Bend Hospice, Donne has been working on medical marijuana since 2016. “Providing care for terminally ill patients who use prescription anesthetics and other addictive traditional medicines is usually less effective and has many side effects that make me consider alternative therapies,” he wrote in his bio.
The complaint alleges that when the state inspector visited Dorn’s office in June 2017, he found no medical equipment in Dorn’s office except for a stethoscope. He charges $299 for each new patient appointment.
The first undercover agent visited the clinic in November 2017 and claimed to be 30 years old, suffering from muscle cramps and anxiety. Dorn said that after the agent described his pain as “8”, he would write the man’s pain level as “10” on the chart (out of 10 points).
The second agent visited in April 2018, pretending to be a 36-year-old male, and holding records from 2008, showing that he has PTSD symptoms. Dorn subsequently recorded these symptoms in the new record, and added the undisclosed symptoms of the man.
Dorn did not perform a physical examination, review the history of controlled prescription drugs, or fully evaluate the medical history of the two. He handed them a certificate of marijuana and prescribed marijuana for them. The state believes that Donne “does not have sufficient medical reasons to support the diagnosis of PTSD for the two.”
The state argued that Donne “has deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent statements in or related to medical practice, and/or used tricks or plans in medical practice.”
It requires the court to revoke or suspend Donne’s license, restrict his practice, fine and admonish him, probation, and order him to return bills, among other requirements.
The complaint was signed by Kristen Summers, the department’s chief legal counsel, in May 2019.
Dorn’s lawyer Andrews said that investigators lack law enforcement powers, and state officials forged military documents and made individuals pretend to be eligible for medical marijuana treatment, thus violating federal law. CBS MiamiThe lawyer also accused department officials of planning a conspiracy to defraud Donne by forging and forging federal documents.
“The illegal behavior of the Ministry of Health in this investigation will change the way doctors order medical marijuana for patients, because now the Ministry of Health has taken action, anyone who enters your office may bring federal medical records into the forging that we told our employees. So now they must be vigilant,” he said.
According to state records, as of October 6, the time of the virtual hearing is not listed; CBS Miami According to reports, the final hearing will be held from October 27th to 28th.
According to state records, the state medical board has joined the Ministry of Health as a petitioner in this case. The committee was not mentioned in the initial complaint. The case has been assigned to administrative law judge W. David Watkins.
The veterans group told Donne’s other lawyer Robert Beasley (Robert Beasley, JD) last year that Florida has been targeting doctors who prescribe marijuana for PTSD. news agency.
Andrews did not respond to a call for comment. The Ministry of Health declined to comment. Medical Today Edition As of press time, a copy of the September hearing was not available.