A New Jersey man calling himself "Dr. Marijuana" has been suspended for allegedly recommending patients for the state's medical marijuana program without examining them.
Dr. Anthony Anzalone is accused of recommending over 3,000 patients to the state's medical marijuana program without ever examining them or looking at their medical records. The state Attorney General says some of those 3,000 patients would not have qualified for the state's medical marijuana program had Anzalone examined them more thoroughly.
Anzalone would meet patients in a hotel room where they would be charged $350 for an examination to determine their qualifications for the state medical marijuana program, and another $100 every quarter so patients could re-up their prescriptions. According to the New Jersey Attorney General, Anzalone made over $1 million through this business.
Now, you could also argue that Anzalone is simply filling a void that many doctors are neglecting. The state of New Jersey has over 28,000 registered physicians, but less than 900 of them have registered to recommend patients for medical marijuana. If other doctors had agreed to take part in the program, the demand for Dr. Marijuana's services would not have existed.
You could also argue that if New Jersey just legalized recreational marijuana, there would be absolutely zero need for Anzalone's services because anyone who wants marijuana could just go buy it and not even talk to a doctor.
But you can't argue that naming yourself "Dr. Marijuana" if you plan on stretching the limitations of cannabis regulations is probably a bad idea.