MI Medical Marijuana Doctor Behind Bars

Saginaw-based Dr. Ruth A. Buck will remain behind bars, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington ruled in U.S. District Court in Bay City mid-April.The court revoked Buck’s bond after the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint alleging that Buck aided and abetted the distribution of marijuanain violation of federal law by providing medical marijuana recommendations to patients from her office, Mid-Michigan Medical Marijuana Clinic, 2137 Warwick in Saginaw.

Buck was charged separately with 32 counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances in June of 2010 and faces up to 20 years in prison.  Those charges stem from allegations that, between January 2006 and July 2009, Buck prescribed more than 1.5 million doses of painkillers and other controlled medications, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Xanax, morphine, methadone and Dilaudid from her former office in Thomas Township, authorities have said.

Buck had been released on bond and opened a medical marijuana recommendation clinic in Saginaw. Prosecutors alleged, based on documents they seized during a March 17 raid, that she charged between $150 and $200 for recommendations and renewals. She likely earned between $200,000 and $400,000, based on the number of patient files, U.S. Attorney Shane Waller told the court.  He said she never reported the income to the court, which he said was a requirement stipulated in her bond.

The complaint says Buck issued 1,870 medical marijuana recommendations up until Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided her home, office and the office of a co-worker on March 17.  An undercover DEA agent acquired a recommendation from Buck after presenting a “fictitious” license and stating that he suffered headaches whenever he stopped smoking marijuana, the complaint said.  Being that the medical marijuana operation is unrelated to prescription pills, one may question the DEA’s motive to target the clinic.

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To know what your doctor can and cannot do for you relating to medical marijuna : http://ambrosecriminallawblog.com/2010/10/25/medical-marijuana-and-what-your-doctor-can-and-cannot-do-for-you/

If you have questions about medical marijuana contact Samantha Moffett at (248) 624-5500

Ambrose Law Group 

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