In an unprecedented display of police abuse of power, Aurora Police narcotics investigator Daniel Oates arrested Dr. Manuel Aquino-Villaman, age 69 for writing the undercover cops a recommendation for marijuana. Police claimed that this gave them the ability to legally purchase marijuana when they did not have a debilitating medical condition.
Dr. Aquino-Villaman is known as a medical marijuana specialty doctor in Colorado and is also known as Dr. Green Thumb. The complaint alleges that undercover narcotics officers complained of pain from motor vehicle accidents, and the doctor wrote the agents recommendations for medical marijuana which gives them the ability to purchase medical marijuana at dispensaries in Colorado. The officers allege that Dr. Green Thumb did not actually examine them and just went by what they said before writing the recommendation for a fee. Aurora police claim that they became suspicious of the Doctor after they found a high number of recommendations written by the Doctor.
High Country Caregiver would like to give a special shout out to this fallen ganja warrior doctor as he is the first marijuana doctor in Colorado to be arrested for recommending medical marijuana. It is legal to use, grow, and distribute marijuana in Colorado if you have a doctors recommendation and we have seen many in Colorado arrested for such activity in the past year. Arresting a doctor for doing his job is really threading on thin ice for Colorado law enforcement as marijuana is not a prescription but a recommendation. When you go to the doctor for an allergy recommendation for say Claratin-D, or Sudafed, the Doctor will listen to what you say and recommend one or the other without a full physical exam because a full physical is not necessary for the recommendation. With marijuana though, Doctors will now be under the microscope, and you can be that this Doctor is the not the last one who this will happen to in Colorado.
Though this is the first time a Doctor was arrested in Colorado for writing a medical marijuana recommendation, it is not the first time that police have harassed Doctors about the matter. When the medical marijuana law went into effect in Colorado in 2000, all Doctors in Colorado received letters informing them that the DEA would revoke licenses of any doctor who recommend marijuana to a patient. We will follow the story of Dr. Manuel Aquino-Villaman and bring to light the true criminals like officer Daniel Oates and others who choose to abuse their power.blog comments powered by i420 & Disqus