Med. Marijuana Users in Luck After Only Local Medical Marijuana Doctor Loses License

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Even though medical marijuana usage passed in Florida back in 2016, it’s still not easy to get in many areas.

The panhandle is one of them. There are few doctors qualified to give medical marijuana recommendations and our area just lost one. 

Dr. Raquel Skidmore found herself in trouble earlier this year.

The state of Florida claimed she prescribed medical marijuana in 2016 before she was licensed to do so. In May, her license was revoked.

On Tuesday, Skidmore told News 13 the state is now asking for more than $17,000 to cover hearing costs. She still claims she did nothing wrong.

“I was at the hearing and it just went downhill from there,” Ilene Grier, a former patient, said.

This November, Grier’s medical marijuana card will expire.

“I‘ve been trying to cut back on my supply that I have,” she said.

Unsure of who will give her a new recommendation, she’s holding back on taking her full prescription.

“[I’ve had a] migrane a day for the last five days,” Grier said.

Those like Grier who need their medical marijuana cards renewed aren’t out of luck.

A company based out of Clearwater, Florida rented Skidmore’s former office and now sees most of her former patients. 

“We actually decided to go to Panama City because you know there aren’t a lot of physicians that do it over there. There are a few that stopped so we didn’t want there to be a gap where patients don’t know where to go,” Stephanie Fair, who does marketing for Doc MJ, said.

Doc MJ is open just a couple days a week and has the only doctor able to prescribe medical marijuana in the area.

“We’ve been lucky to help whatever patients in that area haven’t been able to figure out how to do this,” Fair said.
    

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