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June 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

State busts naturopath for medical pot authorizations

The state Department of Health has suspended the license of another naturopathic physician for improperly writing medical marijuana authorizations.

The physician, Yuel Luncheon Boyce, agreed to a two-year suspension and must pay a $5,000 fine before reinstatement. If reinstated, Boyce would be prohibited from authorizing medical marijuana, according to state health officials.

Boyce examined three patients within 30 minutes and did not require their medical records. The state said that was not appropriate care.

The three patients were undercover police officers, according to state records. After receiving cash payments, Boyce gave the patients pot-infused peanut butter cups.

The state initially suspended the license of Shoreline-based Boyce in October, when it issued a statement of charges. The announcement today is the result of a recent settlement with Boyce, said a Department of Health spokesman.

Boyce’s case marks the third such license suspension for medical marijuana authorizations.

The first two resulted from a 2011 story by Seattle Times reporter Jonathan Martin, who received a medical authorization at Hempfest after an 11-minute consultation without his medical records.

The license of Carolyn Bearss was suspended in November for what health officials called “assembly line” service amounting to a authorization mill at Hempfest. In April the state suspended the license of Dimitrios Magiasis for similar reasons.

Bearss’ suspension was for two years with a $50,000 fine. Magiasis was slapped with a six-month suspension and a $5,000 fine.

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