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Doctor in USA prescribes medical marijuana to 4-year-old, loses license

Doctor in USA prescribes medical marijuana to 4-year-old, loses license

A California physician had his medical license revoked after he prescribed medical marijuana to a four-year-old boy as a treatment for his temper tantrums, according to a report by the California medical board.

The board still described Eidelman as "grossly negligent" for diagnosing the child and prescribing him the cookies without doing due diligence, such as consulting with a psychiatrist, talking to the boy's teachers, or asking the parents about his moods and sleep patterns.

While the board didn't specifically find fault with Eidelman recommending marijuana to the child, it did state that it was improper because the boy didn't have ADHD. Though Eidelman reported that the boy was agitated and nervous during the appointment, the board said the observations didn't justify the diagnosis. "It has not been established, by clear and convincing evidence, that the recommendation of medical marijuana to [the boy], with his father's consent, violated the standard of care", the board's decision states.

Following the recommendations of natural medicine physician William Eidelman, the father gave his son pot cookies in the morning, which helped improve the toddler's behavior early in the day. But when the father at some point asked the school nurse if she could give his son another cookie at lunch time, school officials contacted local authorities. "Accordingly, Eidelman's license is now revoked", the board's spokesman told the Times.

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"Tantrums alone, and primarily exhibited in one environment (school), do not support either diagnosis". "Labeling a child with a significant mental condition can be harmful ... if those labels are incorrect, pernicious results may follow".

He said marijuana had had a "positive effect" on both his children.

The doc's license was pulled January 4 - but he says it's still active and he continues to practice, the newspaper reported. Board spokesperson Carlos Villatoro also said they received no court order that Eidelman's revocation was stayed, as per Los Angeles Times.

The Medical Board of California ruled to revoke the doctor's licence but he has launched an appeal.