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Montana Doctor Fined Over Medical Marijuana

HELENA, Mont. - Montana will fine a Whitefish physician $2,000 for breaching standards of practice after she saw 151 patients over 14½ hours at a medical marijuana clinic last year. It's the first time a doctor has been disciplined in a medical marijuana case in Montana. The state Board of Medical Examiners determined that Dr. Patricia Cole spent an average of six minutes with each patient during the October 2009 clinic.

The board says Cole did not document whether she took medical histories or physical examinations of the patients. She also failed to document a risk analysis of medical marijuana for the patients and did not tell them about proper dosing. In addition to the fine, Cole is banned from participating in any more medical marijuana conferences.

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