Owners of medical marijuana clinics may be charged with unlawful practice of medicine (California Business & Professions Code Section 2052) even if they did not see patients or issue recommendations.
Medical Marijuana Clinic Owners Charged in California
In Southern California, two individuals were charged with practicing medicine without a license pursuant to California Business & Professions Code Section 2052. The individuals own a corporation that operates medical marijuana clinics in which licensed physicians issued medical marijuana recommendations to patients. A Medical Board Investigator began investigating the medical marijuana clinic by meeting with the physicians who practice out of the local clinics. During the investigation, it was discovered that the physicians had set working hours and received approximately one-third of the daily profits from patients. Undercover agents went to the Southern California clinics and met with physicians who provided medical marijuana recommendations.