Illinois regulators file complaint against doctor

CHICAGO - Illinois regulators say that a 79-year old man was misled by a suburban Chicago doctor, who issued a fake medical marijuana certification to the man for a $250 fee.

On Monday, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, which is the first such complaint since medical marijuana regulations were approved.

The complaint alleges that Starkman told the patient that he qualified for medical marijuana after learning he had a previous diagnosis of glaucoma, and that Starkman didn't perform an eye exam.  It also alleges that the patient later received fake paperwork that certified that he could use medical marijuana.

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