Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Medical Marijuana Case Investigating Illinois Doctor

A southern Illinois doctor who works at a clinic where many patients try to access the state's medical marijuana program has been subpoenaed in a state and federal investigation.

State officials told the "Southern Illinoisan" that the investigation is in response to alleged improper control-substance prescriptions from Dr. Bodo Schneider.

Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation spokesman Terry Horstman said the terms of the subpoena require Schneider to provide medical records to the state regulatory agency by Oct. 7.

Horstman said an administrative law judge was informed of the subpoena during the most recent status hearing in the case involving Schneider on Sept. 16. The administrative law judge was also told that Schneider rejected an offer by the department's State Medical Licensing Board at an informal meeting Aug. 19.

Schneider, a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield of Medicine in Springfield, is the medical director of clinics in Marion in southern Illinois and Orland Park in suburban Chicago. He is one of only a few doctors in southern Illinois participating in the state's medical marijuana program.

Regulators say Schneider charged patients for marijuana recommendations at his offices without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship. The state says the acts he's accused of are grounds for suspending or revoking his Illinois medical license.

Information provided by the Springfield Journal-Register 

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