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Autumn 2005
O'Shaughnessy's
Journal of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group

Oregon Bills Dr. Leveque

Phil Leveque, the Oregon doctor who unstintingly authorized cannabis use by patients in the early days following legalization —when almost all his colleagues were afraid to do so— has received a bill from the State Board of Medical Examiners to pay for his own prosecution. The bill is for $21,127.10.

Leveque’s license was suspended for three months in 2002 because he hadn’t been conducting physicals (which were not explicitly required) or keeping patients’ charts (for security reasons) after mailing them to the office that administers Oregon’s card program. The Board then insisted on physical exams, and Leveque hired a physician assistant to conduct them when he resumed practice in a clinic setting where record-keeping was meticulous.

His license was suspended again in December 2004, and revoked earlier this year. After a lengthy investigation, the Board ruled that the exams conducted under Leveque’s supervision were too perfunctory, and that he had violated the “standard of care” in his treatment of six patients. None of the patients had complained about their care. According to Ann Witte, the lawyer handling Le-veque’s appeal, all the complaints a-gainst him came from doctors annoyed that he had enabled their patients to medicate with cannabis.

You’d think the appeal would stay the bill collectors, but no. “If you fail to send payment in full or make other arrangements, we may issue a lien on all of your property, both real and personal. We may then record the lien with your county and/or execute on the warrant. This means we can garnish your wages, your bank accounts, or seize your property to pay the debt in full.”

Leveque is 82, recently widowed, a World War II combat infantryman with a heroic record. He thinks the Board of Medical Examiners, which is dominated by MDs, is biased not just against marijuana but against osteopathy. (Leveque is a doctor of osteopathy with a PhD in pharmacology, which he taught to medical students for much of his career.)

Being billed for your own prosecution seems like the liberal equivalent of being made to dig your own grave.

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The Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) was formed in the Autumn of 2004 by the member physicians of CCRMG to aid in the promulgation of voluntary standards for clinicians engaged in the recommendation and approval of cannabis under California law (HSC §11362.5).

As the collaborative effort continues to move closer to issueing guidelines, this site serves as a public venue for airing and discussing these guidelines.

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