Sunday, October 25, 2009

CA Medical Board Revokes the license of Dr. Hany Assad (effective November 23, 2009)

Bill Holmes brought this to my attention.  This is from Compassionate Coalition.
Involves Local doctor from Arcata and Ukiah.

As of November 23, 2009, at 5 p.m., Dr. Assad will no longer be a licensed physician.

You can search for the PDF decision on the California Medical Board's website via the "Enforcement Public Documents Search"
I've posted the PDF at, and you can read the PDF on the page:

CA Medical Board Revokes the license of Dr. Hany Assad -

or download the PDF directly from:

of particular note, the Medical Board said:

"Respondent reached the conclusion that marijuana would be an effective mediation for SW [patient] without following the well-settled standards for licensed physicians. The overall impression is of a cursory office visit. Accordingly, there is no reasonable basis upon which to base a belief that he will conform to the standard of practice in the future. Patient safety is at risk by his continued practice and the public interest requires that his certificate be revoked." - California Medical Board"

If you have any questions of what the Medical Board means by the well-settled standards, please see:

What is an appropriate standard of care for Physicians who recommend Medical Marijuana for their patients -

for a one-stop summary of the appropriate standard of care for physicians that recommend Medical Marijuana - this page links to all of the documents that make up this standard, including the Medical Board's basic guidelines, the CMA (California Medical Association)'s Guidelines, the Mikuriya Case (which the Medical Board adopted as precedent at their June 2007 meeting), and some other relevant information - the Conant Decision, information about the illegal practice of medicine, and more.

If you are a current patient of Dr. Assad, be aware that your physician's statement recommending medical marijuana will be invalid as of November 23, 2009. It would be advisable to secure a new physician (and this time, perhaps you might want to consider a legitimate doctor?!?) as soon as possible.


  1. Frankly I'm glad to see this happen to Dr. Assad. Everyone knew he was a joke. It was common knowledge.

    It's "doctors" like him - who give people prescriptions for medical marijuana that don't deserve them - who pollute the whole process and it's legitimacy.

    Good riddance!

  2. Dave, that's kind of like the way I saw it. Now a bunch of people will be scrutinized and have to re-apply forthier 215 prescriptions.


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