Maine doctor who held marijuana clinics in hotels is reprimanded, fined – Press Herald
Of the 59 patients seen by Dr. William Ortiz over two days, there was no documentation of an examination or a treatment plan for 44 of them.
The state board that licenses medical doctors has reprimanded and fined a physician who held medical marijuana clinics in Orono hotels, failed to keep adequate patient records and engaged in other unprofessional conduct.
The discipline represents the first action by the state against a doctor in connection with medical marijuana since it first became legal in Maine in 1999.
A screen shot of thehealthclinic.org website contains a photo of Dr. William Ortiz and the company’s logo – THC – which is also short for the active ingredient in marijuana.
The board investigation found that Dr. William Ortiz held a “medical seminar” in a conference room at the University Motor Inn and at the Black Bear Inn in March 2013, when he saw 59 patients over two days and charged $200 cash to issue a three-month medical marijuana certificate. During follow-up visits, Ortiz charged patients $175 for a one-year certificate, the reprimand said.
In a consent agreement, 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 investigation came in response to information received from the Maine Medical Marijuana Program, the agency of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the state’s rules governing access to medical marijuana. If a physician certifies that a patient with whom he or she has a patient-doctor relationship meets the requirements of the law, the patient is allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and purchase it from licensed dispensaries or obtain it from a licensed caregiver.
Under questioning from the board, Ortiz gave differing accounts of how long he met with individual patients …read more