Canadian Naturopath Suspended for Skype Marijuana Consultations

A naturopath has been suspended from practice for providing medical consultations via Skype to help patients obtain medical marijuana from pot dispensaries.

The B.C. College of Naturopathic Physicians says Dr. Jonas Laforge of Langley is one of six naturopaths who have been investigated in connection with marijuana dispensaries.

Four of the cases didn't meet the bar for a public notification; one other is still under investigation.

According to a consent order posted on the college's website, Laforge was suspended last October after admitting that he "assisted patients in accessing marijuana through illegal marijuana dispensaries by providing patient consultations by Skype and 'confirmation of diagnosis' letters."

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Naturopaths are not authorized to prescribe or recommend cannabis to patients. (Associated Press)

The college says the 40-year-old also "knowingly continued to facilitate patient access to marijuana" after the college issued a notice in 2014 warning naturopathic doctors not to prescribe or recommend cannabis to patients.

Laforge has...

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