By William “Stash” Jones
Oregon Cannabis Connection
Dr. Brian Dossey M.D., a physician that has been recommending medical marijuana to patients in Oregon and California, has voluntarily surrendered his medical license in California. In May of this year, the Oregon Medical Board asked Dr. Dossey to “voluntarily cease the authorization of medical marijuana cards” to children under 18 years old. In October, Oregon retired his license.
In California, Dr. Dossey chose to surrender his license rather than have an administrative hearing, according to the California Medical Board. In Oregon, Dr. Dossey is being investigated for “unprofessional or dishonorable conduct” and “gross or repeated negligence”. That case is still open.
Dr. Dossey was the primary physician at Patients Choice clinic in Medford and he also served 1st Step Clinic in Salem, Oregon. Although his name is still on the door at the Patients Choice clinic, the indicated he “retired”. He had been serving patients in Oregon for over 3 years after his wife started using the herb in 2012 to treat seizures.
Dr. Dossey told Salem Weekly in April, “We don’t give a [medical marijuana] card to just anyone…They must have a qualifying condition, and the evaluation is stringent. These people are signing up for medical because they don’t want to be associated with recreational.”
“My job,” he says, “is helping people,” he explained to Salem Weekly further. “Cannabis is only one aspect of better health – but for many it’s a credible starting point.”
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