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Naturopath dinged for bogus pot authorizations

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on April 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm with No Comments »
April 18, 2013 1:57 pm

The Board of Naturopathy and the state Department of Health have suspended a Seattle-area naturopath’s license for giving 109 patients medical marijuana authorizations at Seattle Hempfest in 2011.

According to the Department of Health, naturopathic physician Dimitrios Magiasis saw 110 people and gave all but one a medical marijuana authorization based on exams that averaged less than 15 minutes.

The patients weren’t required to provide medical records, and Magiasis didn’t adequately diagnose the source of patients’ pain.

Health officials say this “assembly-line” practice amounts to an authorization mill and doesn’t meet patient care standards.

Magiasis may not apply to have his license reinstated for at least six months and must pay a $5,000 fine. He will be on probation for four years if he returns to practice. During his probation, he’s barred from authorizing medical marijuana.

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