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Correspondence re Ragland

From Steve Robinson, MD: Racism or Coincidence?  I learned about this case when Michelle Sexton distributed the news article at the last SCC board meeting… My concern, as expressed earlier, is this: With all the medical cannabis prosecutions given high profile in the media, with the doctors (all black) being confronted by journalists camped out in front of clinics, or being marched away in handcuffs, is state law enforcement again playing the “Race Card?”   A “Reefer Madness” redux? From Hanya Barth, MD: Does MJ Use ‘Mask’ Serious Illnesses? The medical board statements about marijuana are without factual basis.  For...

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On the Arrest of Dr. Ragland

From Stephen Robinson, MD, with a news item (see below) about the arrest by the Tulare County Sheriff of Howard Ragland, MD, “for illegally issuing medical marijuana recommendations.”  This recently came to my attention.  I reviewed the Accusation by the Medical Board of California. Investigators posing as patients were used to document the charges. Several issues cited by the Board relate to this MD’s provision of MMJ recs via online evaluation:  no prior good faith exam; no documentation of significant disability; practicing telehealth without a professional on-site performing a requisite physical exam; falsifying records; and, prescribing without appropriate prior...

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Concern about MMRSA

From Lanny Swerdlow, RN: I am concerned about the tightening of MD recs for MMJ under MMRSA – it is of concern because it seems like it could make it more difficult for people to get recs as doctors will be less likely to write recs so easily especially for males under 30.  The language reads: “Repeated acts of clearly excessive recommending of cannabis for medical purposes, or repeated acts of recommending without a good faith prior exam” is made a high priority for investigation by the Calif. Medical Board.” I have been told it is identical to existing...

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Over the Transom May 12

• Ragland Charged: The Tulare County District Attorney has filed a felony complaint against Howard K. Ragland, Jr.  The DA’s public information officer advises, “Greenlife is a system used to look up recommendations and or generate new patients for the recommendations. Obtaining money from the capper refers to monies that were allegedly attained during the commission of the conspiracy count.”  MORE TK • Patients to be Taxed:   I was just reading about the initiative to legalize cannabis and it says that MMJ patients will have to get an ID card to avoid paying some of the taxes but still...

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