Doctors skirting around the guidelines for medical marijuana in Arizona might wind up facing a felony charge if brand-new legislation– presented by Sheila Polk, the anti-marijuana crusader and Yavapai County Attorney– passes. HB2067 has actually already been authorized by the Arizona Home.
As much as a year in prison would be the charge for medical professionals not adhering to the state’s medical marijuana rules, reports U.S. News & World Report. Doctors condemned would also suffer the loss of their medical license.
Polk declares that medical professionals aren’t developing proper doctor-patient relationships and aren’t examining clients’ medical records prior to suggesting medical cannabis. She said, “There are no effects for not sticking to the statute. And naturally the physicians under this statute are the gatekeepers as to who is getting these [medical cannabis] cards.”Republicans seem to be on board with Polk’s exceedingly harsh proposition to penalize physicians. Democrats are showing resistance. Representative Hannley stated, “To me this expense seems to be a service looking for a problem, because if we already have sanctions on medical professionals who break the law, I’m unsure why we’re including more guideline onto the medical cannabis industry. This is a plant that never eliminated anyone, so I’m not seeing the harm.”
Kevin DeMenna, a medical marijuana dispensary lobbyist, says that the addition of felony penalties on doctors is unnecessary as they are already disciplined by medical boards. He said, “We’re trying to criminalize something that is moving in precisely the opposite instructions. We are decriminalizing this. It is now successfully legal on three of our 4 corners– Canada, California and Mexico [and in Colorado and Nevada]“
Polk, among other popular legislators in the state, are adamantly opposed to marijuana legalization. She was a leading factor in efforts to defeat recreational cannabis legalization in 2016 in Arizona.
Polk states that 85% of medical marijuana cardholders are qualified for persistent pain, and she likewise indicates that most cards were released to young people. She said, “What I see from my point of view as a county lawyer is a culture of young folks who get their green card and after that they’re heading out and they’re smoking pot, and they’re not ill. For me, it’s a problem for the state because this ends up being kids who are not going anywhere.”