THE TROUBLING CASE OF DR. MARIJUANA
- January 11, 2019
The case for medical marijuana is a very tricky issue in our country, without a doubt. Despite endless accounts of the drug’s healing potential for patients (particularly those suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer), a major issue stems from the manner the drug is distributed. Doctors have to undergo rigorous procedures to receive approval for prescribing marijuana, and any movement past the fine line of regulations could result in major trouble. Just ask one of the mot recent offenders, Dr. Anthony Anzalone, better known to his patients as “Dr. Marijuana.” Recently, this New Jersey-based physician put his license in jeopardy after prescribing pot to people who didn’t need this drug for medical purposes. Let’s take a closer look at this bizarre situation and find out more information.
Making Millions off Marijuana
On Thursday, the renowned obstetrician and gynecologist earned the special title of being the first New Jersey doctor who jeopardized his license by authorizing marijuana prescriptions for 3,000 patients without conducting a thorough examination of their health records and physical health. In fact, some of the patients didn’t even qualify for the medical marijuana program. Ultimately, Dr. Anzalone and his patients would meet in rented hotel ballrooms, where he would charge $350 for the visit $100 in quarterly fees for patients to renew their license. According to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, these statistics indicate that Dr. Anzalone made $1 million off consultation fees alone.
Bring down the Green Hammer
As Attorney General Grewal added further, the temporary suspension of Dr. Anzalone’s license is a public spectacle to demonstrate how the New Jersey government will not tolerate the abuse of a practicing physician’s license. (Officials disguised as patients ultimately turned Anzalone in.) Although the state legislatures might be loosening their grip on pot, New Jersey intends to stand firm with its medical marijuana program. Although Dr. Anzalone professed to identify a patient’s health concerns before prescribing the plant, he ultimately broke the rules of the medical program.
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
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