Whidbey Island’s “Nedicine” practitioner Hugh Jonson is not going down without a fight.
Although a federal judge dismissed his $25 million lawsuit against the state Department of Health and the City of Oak Harbor in June, he has appealed the action to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jonson, who opened Whidbey Naturals Alternative Medicine on State Highway 20 in December, was arrested in March by Oak Harbor police for practicing medicine without a license. Shortly before Jonson’s arrest, his partner, Arely Jimenez-Beckius, was arrested for the same reason. To date, neither practitioner has held a license to practice medicine in Washington state.
Jonson argued in his original lawsuit that he should be allowed to practice “Nedicine,” which he claims is a form of natural medicine, under a federal trademark. Jonson said he received a certification under the trademark gained by The American School of Nedicine. At the core of his argument is that federal law trumps state regulations.
Transcripts were filed in the appeals court this month and Jonson’s opening brief is due Oct. 22, according to court documents.
“The threats and conduct of the state and its agents in attempting to interfere with my federally trademarked and licensed right to practice in the field of Nedicine under a regulated program of energetic natural medicine leaving me with no choice but to seek the protection of this court …,” Jonson stated in court documents.