Medical Marijuana Mess: Winnipeg Doctor Censured After Charging Patients for Pot Paperwork

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A Winnipeg doctor has been censured after charging patients for authorization paperwork in order to get medical marijuana.

On Dec. 9, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba censured Dr. Roman Chubaty for charging patients between $200 and $300 to complete paperwork around medical marijuana, a violation of the college’s standards and conduct.

“Physicians are entitled to charge patients a fee for uninsured services, but the fee must be reasonable in the circumstances,” the disciplinary report said.

Censures create a disciplinary record which may be considered in any future investigation or hearing about a doctor, according to the college.

​Chubaty, who runs two walk-in clinics in Winnipeg, started providing medical marijuana authorization to patients in July 2014 and stopped a year later, according to the report.

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