HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - A doctor who has practiced in Hastings for decades has had his license revoked by the state.
Dr. Ken Merriman's medical license was suspended after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
The Michigan Public Health Code automatically suspends a doctor's license if he or she has a conviction involving a controlled substance, according to information from the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Though Merriman was charged in of driving under the influence of marijuana, he ended up pleading guilty to a reduced charge of impaired driving. He was sentenced June 25, but his medical license was only revoked Sept. 20.
Merriman's attorney said Friday in a phone interview that there is a hearing scheduled for next Thursday week to try to get Merriman's medical license reinstated.
The attorney, Jeff Kortes, said Merriman's medical license has not been suspended in the past and he is confident it will be reinstated.
Merriman did have several previous driving infractions in the Barry County court system.
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