SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS News) – A nurse practitioner in Seattle prescribed medicinal marijuana to young children because he says he thought it was the right thing to do.
Nurse Joel Berman, 65, gave the prescription to children that were 4 and 6 years old because they had a wasting condition. The children weren’t eating enough and were losing weight. He said the childrens’ father actually came to him with the idea of giving his children the drug.
According to the state’s investigation into the case, wasting isn’t enough reason to give the children medical marijuana. The Washington State Nursing Commission charged Berman with issuing medical marijuana to children. Berman didn’t fight the charges, but gave up his license to practice.
Berman’s case is not the only one in which medical marijuana is prescribed to children. Some doctors, or in Berman’s case nurses, are prescribing it to help with a myriad of different illnesses.
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