WEST HOLLYWOOD—James William Eisenberg, 72, pleaded guilty to charges of alleged drug trafficking on Monday, August 12.
Pacific Support Services
Eisenberg, a pro-cannabis doctor who was practicing in
West Hollywood, pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges for allegedly having written more than 1,200 unlawful prescriptions after his physician’s registration was revoked by federal authorities.
According to the United States District Attorney’s Office, on December 14, 2011, a DEA administrative judge had suspended Eisenberg’s DEA registration number on the claims that he was a drug dealer.
The DEA issued an order permanently revoking Eisenberg’s registration on July 24, 2012 based on evidence that Eisenberg was operating from a medical marijuana dispensary in
Arizona without a legitimate medical purpose. He was writing prescriptions for oxycodone and Xanax in exchange for cash payments worth $150.
He was charged with four counts of using a revoked DEA registration number and three counts of distribution of hydrocodone, which is otherwise known as Vicodin or
Eisenberg is believed to have written the prescriptions while he worked in various medical offices throughout
West Hollywood. He had also handed out unlawful prescriptions from an office on
Santa Monica Boulevard called the Pacific Support Services. He was also accused of issuing “medical marijuana” recommendations from the
West Hollywood medical offices.
Despite being barred from legally prescribing medication to patients, Eisenberg continued to prescribe controlled substances like hydrocodone. According to a database from the California Department of Justice that tracks prescriptions, Eisenberg was found guilty of having prescribed more than 1,700 controlled substances and more than 1,200 for hydrocodone without his valid registration number.
According to a federal search warrant at one of Eisenberg’s
West Hollywood offices on February 19, 2013, authorities discovered that he continued to prescribe the controlled substances without any legal authority.
The warrant was conducted using undercover agents and extensive surveillance operations. Eisenberg will face up to 10 years in federal prison because of his guilty plea.