On February 28, 2019 Commonwealth Court issued a decision reversing a Pennsylvania Medical Board order reprimanding a physician. The order reprimanding the physician stems from a medical malpractice case. The patient died and the Medical Board accused the physician of practicing below the standard of care. The physician objected to the public reprimand placed on his license. The Commonwealth Court agreed, striking the discipline.
Newspaper trumpet the legalization marijuana in several states. Articles track implementation of medical marijuana production, products, and sales in states with existing medical marijuana laws. Everyone is investing in marijuana producers and distributors. On November 12, 2018 the Philadelphia Inquirer reports with fanfare there are 84,000 Pennsylvanians registered as medical marijuana patients. The article emphasizes medical marijuana is not treating the medical condition stated on the licensee's card. Rather it is used to control medical symptoms of the 21 different serious medical conditions. Importantly, medical marijuana is replacing opiates to control pain and other disruptive physiological manifestations that originate from a diagnosed medical condition. This is success.
Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act sets forth a very specific administrative appeal process addressing prescribers and card holders subjected to a disciplinary action. Within the Department of Health, Department Office of Medical Marijuana, violations of the Act shall be prosecuted by the Office of Legal Counsel. Evidentiary rules and administrative practice will be governed by the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure. ("GRAPP")
An administrative appeal of any department action affecting your medical marijuana card or license to prescribe must be taken in writing within 30 days after the individual or person to whom the action of the offices directs or issues a notice of the action. An untimely appeal will be deemed an admission of the violation of the Act and may result in dismissal of any late appeal with prejudice. 28 Pa.Code § 1249.39.
Failure to answer a disciplinary action in a formal proceedings will result in a default judgment being entered and the allow the Department of Health to refuse to grant a late hearing request. All documents must be filed in writing with the clerk, with the license or permit number, as well as the identity of an individual filing the petition and their mailing address. Failure to comply with these simple pleading requirements may result in the Department rejecting any filing.
A party shall be represented by an attorney at all stages of the proceedings. A party includes a corporation. The attorney must be in good standing and admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court or upon motion having been admitted in another jurisdiction and admitted in Pennsylvnaia pro hac vice.Proper pleading practice includes filing formal answer within 30 days of receipt of the order to show cause, including legal objections and any denial of facts averred in the original order to show cause. Affirmative defenses, admissions or denials must be stated clearly and concisely. Please call me to discuss your medical marijuanna card and any displinary action you may face.