The Medical Committee of California revoked the license of a Los Angeles doctor who ordered a father to give marijuana biscuits to his son to treat the boy's temper tantrums.
The doctor, William S. Eidelman – a "natural medicine doctor" according to his website – made the recommendation in September 2012, according to the council. However, the board made the decision to revoke the doctor's license in December.
Eidelman made this recommendation after the father, who was not identified, took his 4-year-old son to see the doctor because his son "had episodes of uncontrollable behavior and tantrums" that were causing him trouble at school, according to the decision of the medical council of the state.
After meeting the couple for about 20 or 30 minutes, Eidelman diagnosed the boy with a "probable combination" of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder before recommending the father to give his son "small amounts of cannabis in biscuits," the jury wrote.
It is important to note that the council did not revoke his license because he had recommended giving marijuana to a small child. In fact, "it has not been established by clear and convincing evidence that the recommendation of marijuana for medical purposes [the boy], with the consent of his father, violated the standard of care, "says the council's decision.
On the contrary, the medical board stated that the doctor "had been guilty of grave misconduct" because Eidelman, during his appointment with the 4 year old child, and his father "did not". had not observed the boy having a temper tantrum or uncontrollable behavior ". He also did not contact the boy. the school to get more information about his alleged behavior, nor get any medical records for the boy or refer him to a psychiatrist for a correct diagnosis, among other reported errors. Eidelman "is also relied on family history" to establish his diagnosis, which the board in its decision stated "is not in itself a symptom of one or the other condition . "
The commission began investigating Eidelman after the boy's school had "learned that the child was receiving cannabis." The boy's father reportedly asked a school nurse to give his son another marijuana cookie during lunch time because his son was misbehaving that day. .
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office and the Child Protection Services were subsequently notified, resulting in an investigation. This led later to the examination of the medical commission
On his website, Eidelman – who had already been placed on probation in 2004 after giving marijuana orders to plainclothes police officers without just cause, according to the documents – stated that he was appealing the decision of the jury. He also asked his patients to write letters to the California Medical Board on his behalf.
While the Board's revocation of its license was effective January 4, Eidelman continues to practice at that time because a judge of the San Francisco County Superior Court suspended the revocation pending his appeal. he writes. Submitted documents in the California Superior Court on Tuesday show that the temporary suspension was granted.
"Since the beginning of my career, I've been looking for products that really work and are not toxic. And cannabis really works, "said Eidelman The Los Angeles Times in his decision to recommend marijuana as a treatment, he wrote "more than 10,000 letters recommending cannabis to patients in the last 20 years".
In a statement to Fox News Wednesday, Eidelman said "confident he will win" at the hearing scheduled for March 12.
"All the lawsuit was wrong from the first stage of the investigation to the abuse of discretion by the administrative law judge," Eidelman said. "I am confident that I will prevail at the hearing."