A Northeast Philadelphia pediatrician has been accused of growing marijuana out of his Bucks County home.

Jan Neil Widerman, 65, who has an office at 10800 Bustleton Ave. in Somerton, faces felony charges of manufacture with intent to deliver drugs and misdemeanor marijuana-possession charges.

The Bucks County Courier Times and CBS3 have reported that Widerman's alleged growing operation was discovered by firefighters who went to his house on the unit block of Brookside Drive in Holland two weeks ago to battle a fire that started in a pickup truck in the driveway and spread into the nearby garage.

Court records indicate Widerman has been released on unsecured bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 31.

Widerman's lawyer, Louis Busico, said his client, who also treats adult with drug addiction, "has dedicated his entire life to helping and healing tens of thousands of people. We intend to fight the case vigorously." - Julie Shaw