Following his arrest last week for illegal manufacture of marijuana items, Mark Craig Rose, 61, has been suspended from his job as an emergency room doctor with Samaritan Health Services, officials with the hospital have confirmed.
“As a result of his arrest on Aug. 29, Dr. Mark Rose has been suspended as an employee of the emergency department at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital pending further investigation,” wrote hospital spokesman Ian Rollins in a statement on Sept. 1.
Law enforcement officials arrested Rose on Aug. 29 at his home in the 2700 block of Marshall Drive in Corvallis, where they reported finding an inactive lab designed to produce a concentrated marijuana extract called Butane Honey Oil and three 55-gallon drums of marijuana. The activities involved a legal substance but are criminal because of the quantity the suspects possessed, and because the group was manufacturing BHO without a state license, authorities said.
Records also indicate that Rose owns the property at 36585 Crackerneck Drive in Scio, where agents discovered an active BHO lab and about 6.5 pounds of BHO. As a result of both raids, officers seized 200 pounds of marijuana, a quantity of Ecstasy, and user amounts of methamphetamine.
Rose was originally booked into the Linn County Jail for charges related to the Scio raid, but was later transferred to the Benton County Jail. He faces two counts of manufacturing marijuana items, two counts of delivery of marijuana, and two counts of possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana. Rose posted bail on Thursday and will be arraigned in Linn County Circuit Court on Sept. 21.
Rose, who graduated from Oregon Health and Science University in 1983, could face disciplinary action from the Oregon Medical Board, according to Executive Director Kathleen Haley. Any medical doctor accused of a crime has 10 days from his arrest to inform the board.
“We will open an investigation,” said Haley. “If there is an immediate risk to the public, we could suspend his license.”
Haley said the board will also consider the relationships Rose has maintained with his patients, as well as whether his conduct (on the job) is unprofessional. Based on those factors, Haley said the board could revoke his license, or decide to take corrective action, which could involve a mutually agreed-upon disciplinary sanction.
“Most of our cases settle,” said Haley.