Man gets Probation for selling fake medical marijuana certificates

Police Lights generic hbtv hemp beach tvA 36-year-old Eastpointe man avoided jail time for his role in a scheme with a doctor to provide fake certificates for people to use medical marijuana.

Brian Deloose on Tuesday received the identical sentence — 18 months probation — of his co-defendant, Dr. Louis Butler-Jackson, by Judge Diane Druzinski in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens. Deloose previously admitted to selling hundreds of medical marijuana patient certificates illicitly approved by Butler-Jackson for $250 each at his Warren appliance store.

Butler-Jackson, 52, who received $100 for each certificate, in January was convicted of health care fraud and committing a legal or illegal act in an illegal manner following a trial in front of Druzinski.

Druzinski sentenced Deloose at the bottom of the sentencing guideline range of zero to 17 months behind bars. Probation officials recommended probation.

“It’s the appropriate sentence,” said Deloose’s defense attorney, Neil Rockind. “The doctor was the primary figure in this case because she was the only one with legal authority to sign the documents, and she received probation.

“Brian took responsibility for what he did and received a legal, reasonable sentence.” The state Medical Marijuana Act, passed by voters in 2008, required that a doctor OKing a certificate establish a legitimate doctor-patient relationship. In April, new requirement took affect regarding that relationship. The doctor must complete face-to-face medical evaluations of patients, review their relevant medical records and assess their medical condition and history. The changes also require post-approval meetings with patients to determine its efficacy.

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