Chicago’s first legal marijuana business, which opened in Wicker Park months before the state’s medical marijuana law is set to take effect, has received a hit from Illinois financial regulators who filed a complaint against a clinic’s doctor. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday seeking to discipline Brian Murray, a doctor with Good Intentions LLC, including potentially suspending or revoking his medical license.
According to the complaint, Dr. Murray started collecting fees from potential medical marijuana patients before establishing a “legitimate physician-patient relationship.” Such a relationship is required under state law in order for a doctor to certify a patient for medical marijuana, the complaint said, and would require the doctor to examine the patient to verify he has a “debilitating medical condition” qualifying him for medical marijuana.
The department inspected the clinic shortly after it opened and found Murray was not conducting any medical examinations, nor was he treating any of his patients for a debilitating condition, the complaint said. Since Good Intentions opened at 1723 N. Ashland Ave., on Aug. 7,it has received tens of thousands of requests from Illinois residents hoping to become patients.
The clinic set up shop to enroll patients and prescribe marijuana when the state law goes into effect in January 2014. Potential patients were charged a $99 fee ahead of their evaluation, the clinic said in August. Good Intentions states on its website that patients won’t receive a recommendation for medical marijuana on their first visit or before Jan. 1. It claims the idea behind the first visit is to establish a doctor-patient relationship. The Illinois medical marijuana bill is projected to be one of the strictest programs in the nation.