Doctor Charged with Fraud in Medical Marijuana Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A doctor in the Cadillac area has been charged with putting false information on medical charts to qualify people for medical marijuana.
Dr. Edward Harwell appeared Wednesday in Wexford County District Court. The case comes five months after the state attorney general's office filed a professional misconduct complaint against him with the Board of Medicine.
The criminal charges are the result of an undercover investigation. The 76-year-old Harwell has operated clinics in Cadillac and Ann Arbor. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.
The misconduct complaint accuses Harwell of failing to properly evaluate patients who paid to get his approval for medical marijuana. The next hearing in that matter is March 26.

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  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 14, 2013 at 06:22 AM
    Not sure about this particular doctor, but I do want to say that so many good doctors are now afraid of prescribing patients real pain medications, because of the DEA breathing down their neck. For example, many doctors now commonly prescribe anti-depressants instead of narcotics (or non narcotic pain specific meds) for people in real pain. I personally suffered sciatica, and the doctor gave me a SSRI! It did not help my pain at all, and turned me into a drooling zombie. People are suffering, and more doctors need to stand up and not be afraid of the DEA. Doctors, do the right thing, be a DOCTOR and TREAT your patients with the medications they truly need to ease their suffering.
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