Jackson Doc Not Licensed to Prescribe Meds in Calif.

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2009 8:55 AM CDT
Dr. Conrad Murray poses for a photo as he opens the Acres Homes Cardiovascular Center at the Tidwell Professional Building in this 2006 photo.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson's personal doctor lacks a license to prescribe controlled medicines in California, federal authorities tell Fox News. Conrad Murray didn't register with the DEA in the singer's home state, officials say, meaning it would have been illegal for him to prescribe or administer Demerol, OxyContin, or even strong cough syrup to Jackson.

"Dr. Murray has DEA registration numbers in Nevada and Texas, but he does not have one in California,” a federal law enforcement official tells Fox. “You absolutely have to have a registration number to prescribe controlled substances, and there was nothing in California." Murray's lawyers insist that their client did not provide Jackson with potentially lethal drugs.