In anticipation of SB109 or whatever it becomes, 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 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.
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.
As we seek to restore our image with the public, it is necessary that legitimate doctors are making independent medical marijuana recommendations for legitimate patients. Even the appearance of impropriety should be avoided. In doing so, we are helping patients and their caregivers stay legal and avoid further media criticism.