Medical doctors involved in medical marijuana businesses

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — At least three doctors are listed in records as being involved with medical marijuana businesses in Illinois.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports the businesses are approved to open dispensaries or cultivation centers in Chicago, the

Rockford area and the area near East St. Louis.

Medical marijuana dispensaries aren’t allowed to let doctors hold an economic interest if the doctor recommends the treatment to patients. The doctor also can’t partner or have a profit-sharing agreement with another doctor that recommends medical marijuana.

Laurie Zoloth, a professor of bioethics at Northwestern University, says it’s frowned upon for doctors to suggest treatments they make money on. But she says it’s not “inherently wrong” for doctors to get involved with medical marijuana businesses.