Physicians who certify patients for medical marijuana
The Supreme Court of the State of Arizona recently issued an opinion No. CR-14-0408-PR Filed May 6, 2016. (See the medical marijuana tab for full text)
The Court found, the language in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act does not shield a physician from criminal prosecution or punishment for an act of
dishonesty, such as falsely attesting to inspection of medical records that were in fact not inspected. Or, otherwise lying about compliance with rules
issued by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services, and making a false statement in a written certification.
Please also be aware: Pursuant to Board Statute, A.R.S. 32-1551(J); If the Board, during the course of any investigation, determines that a criminal
violation may have occurred involving the delivery of health care, it shall make the evidence of violations available to the appropriate criminal justice
agency for its consideration.
Statement issued May 6, 2016 from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Arizona voters never intended for our medical marijuana laws to give criminal immunity to anyone who breaks the law in order to operate marijuana mills aimed at maximizing profits rather than providing good patient care,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
“Today, the Supreme Court sent a clear message; if doctors commit a crime while issuing medical marijuana certifications they will be held accountable,” added Brnovich.