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Russian national arrested for being a ’bogus’ dentist denied bail

By Botho Molosankwe Time of article published14m ago

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Johannesburg – The bogus dentist who had been operating for two years though he is not registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), has been denied bail.

Vladimir Jovanovic was arrested on Friday at Dr Abram Behr Fait’s dental practice in Dunkeld West Centre on Friday.

This was after it was found he has been practising as a dentist at the practice since 2018 and that Dr Fait had not been practising there from March this year.

Jovanovic appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was denied bail as police are still trying to verify his citizenship.

The HPCSA’s Eric Mphaphuli said it was established Jovanovic was a Russian citizen who grew up in Zimbabwe. As it is, he said, it was not yet known how long he has been in South Africa.

“We are not sure if he has ever been to a dental school but all we know is that he is not registered with the HPCSA,” he said.

Mphaphuli said it was a tip off from the community that led to Jovanovic’s arrest.

He said people who used to visit the dental practice where Jovanovic was arrested where surprised when Fait was no longer there.

Suddenly Jovanovic was the one who took over and they were not sure of who he was and informed the HPCSA..

Fait was not present at the time that Jovanovic was arrested and charged with contravening Section 17(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, (Act 56 of 1974).

The HPCSA has referred Fait to the Medical and Dental Professions Board to take disciplinary action again him for allegedly employing or allowed an unregistered person to practise at his practice while not registered with Council.

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Denied Medicine As A Punishment: Cannabis And Parole

This article was originally published on The Cannigma, and appears here with permission.

If you’re a medical marijuana patient and you receive probation or are released on parole, will you still be legally allowed to use your medicine? It depends on where you live, and the answer is even more complicated by the conflict between the majority of states that allow medical marijuana and federal law, which still bans any use of cannabis. 

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that a woman with a legal medical marijuana card issued by the commonwealth could not use cannabis while on probation for a charge of misappropriation of postal funds — a federal crime. According to PennLive.com, presiding U.S. Middle District Judge Mattthew W. Brann said that “from what he has read the medical benefits of marijuana have not been studied sufficiently.”

Much like medical marijuana laws across the country, there is no single nationwide policy regarding the use of cannabis for people on probation or parole. (Illustrative photo by Katarzyna Białasiewicz/123rf)

The plaintiff, Melissa Gass, uses medical cannabis to treat her epileptic seizures. “I went from having multiple seizures a day to having one every few months,” she said of her cannabis treatment in a press release at the time the lawsuit was filed. “Medical marijuana has been a lifesaver for me. This policy is a cruel blow.”

Upon receiving her medical marijuana ID card in February 2019, the lawsuit says she used Rick Simpson oil to end her seizures “almost instantaneously.” Seven months later, when her probation officer told her that she could not use medical marijuana, she stopped immediately, and had approximately 20 seizures over the next two weeks, according to the lawsuit. 

Often the argument made for restricting access to medical marijuana is that while it may be legal in the state in question, it is still illegal on the federal level. The rationale being that someone should be required to follow all state and federal laws if they are under government supervision 

In October, 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of three medical marijuana patients, challenging a policy of the Lebanon County court that prohibits people on probation who are registered medical marijuana patients from using their medication. The ACLU said that this policy — and that of other counties in Pennsylvania — contradict the commonwealth’s medical marijuana law, which legalized cannabis for medical purposes in 2016.

“Barring individuals who have been certified by a state-authorized physician from accessing medication to treat their serious medical conditions creates severe and potentially life-threatening medical risks,” the ACLU wrote, noting that there is no prohibition banning people on probation or parole from using opioids, even as the commonwealth has stated that “the opioid overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania, and the nation, in almost a generation.” 

The lawsuit was submitted a month after the Lebanon County court announced that people on probation, parole, or accelerated rehabilitative