Doctor Prescribed Pot To Pregnant Woman


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DENVER -- The Colorado Medical Board will consider revoking the license of a doctor suspected of improperly recommending marijuana to a woman who was 28 weeks pregnant.

Dr. Manuel De Jesus Aquino of Denver could become the first Colorado doctor to lose his license or face a sanction over a medical marijuana recommendation.

The complaint filed last week by Philip Davis, a lawyer for the medical board, said the unidentified 20-year-old woman didn't explain she was pregnant, and Aquino didn't thoroughly examine her or even take any notes on his three-minute evaluation before giving her a pot recommendation in January.

The doctor also didn't ask about the woman's medical history or give her instructions on follow-up care, according to the complaint, which adds that pregnancy should preclude marijuana recommendations.

When the woman gave birth in April, she tested positive for marijuana and the baby "had some initial feeding difficulties," according to the complaint. It doesn't say whether the mother was accused of wrongdoing or what happened to the baby.

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