Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, September 8, 2015

Without examining a patient’s eyes, Dr. Joseph Starkman allegedly recommended medical marijuana for a 79-year-old patient who, at one time, had been diagnosed with glaucoma. The recommendation cost the patient $250.

Dr. Starkman, 36, could have his medical license suspended or revoked. Illinois’ medical marijuana law requires doctors to certify that a patient has an approved diagnosis and will likely benefit from marijuana.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will investigate this complaint of illegal or unprofessional behavior.

Advocates for the Illinois Medical Marijuana law are worried that Dr. Starkman’s case will deter other doctors from recommending marijuana.
‘"Dr. Starkman has chosen to stand up for all medical providers and patients in Illinois by fighting the unjust charges and proposed punishments that (Illinois) wants to force him to agree to,’ according to the provided information.”

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