Broward County

Doctor busted after doing medical marijuana exams via closed circuit TV, cops say

Dr. Tommy Louisville in his Broward Sheriff’s Office mugshot.
Dr. Tommy Louisville in his Broward Sheriff’s Office mugshot.

Two men went to Pembroke Pines High Life Medical Marijuana Center on different days, each telling a doctor seen only on a computer monitor that he wanted a medical marijuana card so he’d have a legal excuse when workplace drug tests busted him.

The doctor, Dr. Tommy Louisville, approved each in August. On Thursday, he got busted.

That’s according to the arrest report filed after Louisville got cuffed on two counts of being a physician unlawfully issuing a medical marijuana certificate. The 66-year-old was in Broward County Jail Thursday afternoon on $100 bond.

Louisville “knowingly added both undercover detectives to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, knowing they did not meet the minimum qualifications,” the arrest report said. “Additionally, he ordered medical marijuana for an undercover detective, knowing there was no legal or medical need.”

Though the arrest report listed Louisville’s address as South Miami-Dade, Florida Department of Health online records list his address as Lakeland. Louisville’s been a licensed medical doctor in Florida since 1980. His only disciplinary ding came in 2001, a $5,000 fine plus $1,600 in Department of Health administrative costs for failing to properly diagnose and treat a patient who died a day after seeing Louisville in Winter Haven Hospital.

Louisville registered Miracle Leaf Medical Centers with the state of Florida in August. Fourteen locations operate under that name, including eight in Miami-Dade County and three in Broward County. Pines cops say High Life Medical Center, 1341 N. Palm Ave., was Miracle Leaf Health Center when their investigation began in June. High Life’s website lists that location, one in Hollywood and one in West Miami-Dade.

The report says on Aug. 1, an undercover detective showed up for an appointment with Louisville and was taken to a unique examination room. He wasn’t asked to sit on an examination chair with paper under his tush. There was no cold stethoscope on the chest or back. There was no doctor.

There was only a seat “in front of a computer monitor connected to a cellphone.” On the screen, via closed circuit television, was Louisville “standing outside of a train station, communicating with Detective [Undercover] via a cellphone and Bluetooth earpiece.”

The undercover detective, the report said, “explained that he gets drug tested for work and needs an excuse to test positive for cannabis. [Louisville] advised that he would add Detective [Undercover] to the Medical Marijuana Registry...”

Timing on the visit: one minute, 30 seconds.

On Aug. 9, a different undercover detective repeated the ruse. He returned on Sept. 25, the report said, and when Louisville asked via closed circuit if there was “a medical problem,” the undercover answered, “Um, I mean, not really.”

So, after three minutes of conversation, Louisville ordered 1200 mg of Medical Cannabis-Inhalation.