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Illinois: Doctor faked pot paperwork

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 3:12 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators say a suburban Chicago doctor misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, who has a practice in Highland Park. It's the first such complaint since medical marijuana regulations were approved.

A copy of the complaint obtained by The Associated Press says Starkman told the patient he qualified for marijuana after learning he had a previous diagnosis of glaucoma, but Starkman didn't perform an eye exam.

The complaint alleges the patient later received sham paperwork purporting to certify the patient to use marijuana.

Starkman didn't immediately return phone messages seeking comment left for him by The AP at two office numbers.

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