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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

False%20Prescripton.jpgIn 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.

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Under California Business and Professions Code section 4324, you can be charged with forgery if you falsely write a prescription for any type of drug. Specifically, under California Business and Professions Code section 4324, any person who “signs the name of another, or of a fictitious person, or falsely makes, alters, forges, utters, publishes, passes, or attempts to pass, as genuine, any prescription for any drugs” is guilty of forgery.

Sentencing for Forging a Prescription

Writing%20A%20False%20Prescription%20Criminal%20Defense%20Attorney%20888-280-6839.jpg If you are convicted for forgery for writing a false prescription, you can face severe consequences. California Business and Profession’s Code section 4324(a) is a “wobbler,” which means it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. A misdemeanor conviction results in a sentence of imprisonment in county jail for up to one year. A felony conviction under Business and Professions Code section 4324(a) is punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to three years.

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