4 doctors get licenses suspended over marijuana prescriptions

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DENVER -- Four doctors are not allowed to practice medicine after the Colorado State Medical Board suspended their licenses Wednesday.

The medical board said the suspensions for Gentry Dunlop, Robert Maiocco, Deborah Parr and William Stone were for "authorizing high plant counts for hundreds of individuals without medical necessity."

But one of the doctors said that's not true and nowhere in the regulations does it put a limit on what can be prescribed.

The board claims the four doctors provided excessive medical marijuana plants to more than 1,500 patients. Some included prescriptions for 75 plants. The recommended amount is six plants.

Attorney Robert Corry, who is representing two of the doctors, said the suspensions come from made-up guidelines and the six-plant limit does not exist in the state's Constitution. He said it's a political move to scare doctors.

Maiocco, who has been practicing medicine for 37 years, had to find out his license was suspended through a news release, and said he's stunned and disappointed by the board, especially when he has never been disciplined before.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has refused to lift the suspensions. Corry said he will file a lawsuit to seek an injunction to allow the doctors to practice again.