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10-23-04 14:42
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Ore. Doctor Loses License Over Medical Marijuana


Dr. Phillip Leveque, 81, an osteopath in Molalla, Ore., has lost his license to practice medicine after regulators determined that he was approving medical-marijuana applications without examining or reviewing patients' medical histories, the Associated Press reported Oct. 21.

In 2002, Leveque was placed on probation for failing to conduct physical exams and a medical-records review before signing medical-marijuana cards. According to investigators, in one case Leveque approved medical marijuana for a 14-year-old girl with a history of depression.

Leveque hosted a cable-access television show in which residents could call to see if their ailment qualified for a medical-marijuana card. He also held large gatherings around the state to examine patients for medical-marijuana applications, and signed medical marijuana applications for people who faxed him a description of their medical illness.

Leveque said he would appeal the Oregon Medical Board's decision. "They can't go after the patients, so they're going after the doctors," he said.

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