Medpage Today … Florida Officials Go Undercover to Investigate Cannabis Doctor

The Department of Health has filed a complaint jeopardizing the license for Joseph Dorn, MD

A Florida physician is fighting the state after its Department of Health sent undercover agents to visit his medical cannabis clinic and documented questionable practices, according to reports and public records.

Joseph Dorn, MD, who runs the Tallahassee-based Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida, is the subject of a health department complaint alleging he falsified or exaggerated assessments, and failed to conduct substantial patient evaluations when the agents visited. His license may be at stake.

Presenting themselves as patients, two agents visited Dorn for medical cannabis consultations over 2017 and 2018. They claimed to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and back pain, among other conditions. Dorn did not ask for medical records or question the patients in disguise, according to a department complaint. But he still wrote the prescriptions they needed to secure medical cannabis.

The Department of Health formally opened an investigation of Dorn in August 2019, the complaint noted. A hearing was held in September, according to a News Service of Florida report.

In the wake of that hearing, Dorn’s lawyer, Ryan Andrews, JD, is ripping the health department, arguing that it may have violated federal law and attempted to defraud Dorn. Dorn is being targeted in part because he was the medical director for Surterra Wellness, one of the state’s medical cannabis operators. State law bans doctors employed by these entities from ordering cannabis for treatment. Dorn has not been employed there since before the sting operation.