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Medical Marijuana Clinic Accepting Patients

February 09, 2012|By Ted Land | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A medical marijuana clinic plans to set up shop in Anchorage for a few days at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel this weekend.

The Healing Center Medical Clinic runs February 10-13 and is offering $225 evaluations to anyone who wants to obtain the proper paperwork for medical cannabis use.

“All patients will qualify (as per state law),” reads an event flyer, which also states that the clinic is not a dispensary and no medical marijuana will be available for distribution.

Dr. John McGroarty, a North Hollywood, Calif.-based ophthalmologist who is licensed to work in Alaska, runs the clinic. He holds similar events in other cities around the country.

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McGroaty was on a flight to Anchorage Thursday afternoon and was not available for comment, his office said.

Under Alaska state law, residents can obtain a medical marijuana card if a doctor determines the patient has a debilitating medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, or symptoms like severe pain and nausea.

The card allows the patient to possess a limited amount of marijuana that cannot be purchased, sold, or transported.

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