It is important for doctors to continue working with patients independent of any relationships the doctor or patients may have with a primary caregiver/primary caregiver business. It is unclear whether a doctor’s association with a referral business will be affected. The transaction between primary caregivers should be wholly separate from any remuneration to the doctor.
Better yet that the patient pays the doctor directly for the examination. If the doctor is a shareholder of such a business and primary caregivers/primary caregiver business is a source of revenue, it will be quite problematic. As we seek to restore our “image” with the public, it is necessary to make sure that legitimate doctors are recommending medical marijuana for legitimate patients and that the doctor’s evaluation is independent of any financial dealing with dispensaries or growers.
Also, the doctor is not permitted to see patients at any dispensary. It is unclear whether an office rented or occupied by the referral business would be permitted.