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Arizona Marijuana Doctor “Certification Mills”

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A new report revealed that 25 Arizona doctors are accountable for writing medical marijuana certifications to more than 25,000 Arizonans to become medical marijuana patients.

The 25 doctors are responsible for about 70 percent of the medical marijuana certifications issued in a 12-month period during 2012-2013.

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director Will Humble said the evidence clearly shows a development of “certification mills.” Humble said it is possible the medical marijuana certifications issued during that 12-month period are legitimate. He noted that many general practitioners are hesitant to write marijuana certifications, possibly due to a lack of information about the drug, or concerns about the federal government revoking their medical licenses.

Such a resilience from general practitioners to certify Arizonans for medical marijuana is probably the leading cause that “pushes the patients to the certification mill physicians” stated Humble.

The ADHS found that 472 doctors state-wide have issued all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona and a vast majority of them are from naturopaths. Currently, Arizona has over 40,000 medical marijuana patients.

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