Former Ann Arbor medical marijuana doctor faces complaint from Michigan Attorney General's Office
A doctor who had ties to a now-closed medical marijuana clinic in Ann Arbor that was the scene of a 2010 armed robbery is accused of failing to follow protocol prior to certifying patients for Michigan's medical marijuana program.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Michigan Attorney General's Office filed the complaint Aug. 30 against Edward L. Harwell, who owns and operates the Triple M Clinics in Cadillac and was affiliated with the Liberty Clinic in Ann Arbor.
The complaint from John Wright, an assistant counsel with the Licensing and Regulation Division of the Attorney General's Office, alleges that Harwell no longer requires patients to submit medical records and failed to maintain patient records. It accuses Harwell of negligence, incompetence, a lack of good moral character, failure to respond to a subpoena and "promotion for personal gain of an unnecessary drug," the Record-Eagle reported.
Harwell is certified by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and the American Board of Radiology. He has 30 days to respond and demonstrate that he's in compliance with state licensing rules for doctors.
Harwell decline to comment when reached by AnnArbor.com.
Liberty Clinic, a dispensary, was the scene of a dramatic armed robbery in September 2010. The clinic went out of business soon after.
Harwell, of Reed City, told AnnArbor.com in June 2010 that he was anti-drug until attending a medical marijuana conference and studying the benefits of cannabis on his own. At the time he was traveling weekly to the nonprofit Liberty Clinic to certify patients.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, an outspoken opponent of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act that voters approved in 2008, says the law never authorized dispensaries and can be shut down under the state's public nuisance law.
For more, read the Record-Eagle's story.