A disgrace to the program…..an MD should figure out some better ways to make money….seems real similar to the RI pot Dr. and his landlord….-UA
By Jameson Cook
Daily Tribune Staff Writer 5/24 dailytribune.com
A doctor operating in Clinton Township is accused of illegally selling medical marijuana certificates to a caregiver who sold the drug to patients out of his Warren store, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today.
The medical license of Dr. Lois Butler-Jackson has been suspended by the state Department of Licensing Regulatory Affairs and could be revoked pending the outcome of hearings regarding charges of negligence, incompetence and “lack of good moral character.”
Butler-Jackson, 50, of Detroit, allegedly sold more than 300 presigned medical marijuana forms for a total of $20,000 to $30,000 over four months ending in February, Schuette said. Butler-Jackson sold them to Brian Deloose, who operated the “Safe Access Clinic” out of his appliance store, for $50 or $100 apiece, officials said. Deloose, 33, is accused of selling the certificates to patients who patronized his clinic for $250 as part of a medical marijuana registration kit.
The transactions violate the state Medical Marijuana Act, which requires a physician to assess the patient’s medical history in a bona-fide physician-patient relationship, said Steven Hilfinger, LRA director. A signed physician certificate is supplied to the state as part of the patient’s formal application.
“We will also continue to work closely with the Attorney General’s office and law enforcement as we are all committed to administering the law in accordance with the letter and spirit of the statute that was adopted by voters in 2008,” Hilfinger said in a prepared statement.
An investigation by Clinton Township police revealed that Deloose instructed patients to return 20 days after registering to purchase marijuana. The state MMA provides that if an applicant sends in a complete application that is not processed within 20 days, then a copy of the application will act as a valid medical marijuana registration card.
Undercover Clinton Township officers purchased completed packets with certificates signed by Butler-Jackson without ever meeting her in person or obtaining her review of their medical records, authorities said. Those officers returned with the original applications 20 days later to purchase marijuana from Deloose’s appliance store.
Butler-Jackson also worked as a home care physician for Sentinel Wound Care Associates, P.C. of Clinton Township.
The administrative complaint may proceed to a contested case hearing and the ultimate sanction against Butler-Jackson will be determined by the Michigan Board of Medicine.
Butler-Jackson and Deloose are not charged with a crime.
Clinton Township police could not be immediately reached for comment today about potential criminal charges related to the case.