Author: Fred Gardner

Tod Mikuriya, MD —Notes for a Biography Linked

“Dr. Tod” and his Legacy Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol by Tod Mikuriya Cannabis for Post-Traumatic Stress by Tod Mikuriya Cannabis as a First-Line Treatment for Childhood Mental Disorders by Tod Mikuriya Cannabis and Hypothermia by THM Master list of Conditions Treated With Cannabis Family Values by Mary Jane Mikuriya The Prosecution of Tod Mikuriya, MD by Fred Gardner Notes for a Biography by Fred Gardner The doctor who believed his patients by Michael Aldrich Tod’s Advice for the Republican Party, a Woman on Speed, and the Addiction Specialists Correspondence with a vet re PTSD Cannabis Belongs on a Schedule all its own by Tod Mikuriya Medical Board Makes Mikuriya Ruling “Precedential” by Frank Lucido Dr. Mikuriya’s Obituaries: a post mortem 60 Minutes Rewrites Prop 215...

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Still Crazy After All These Years

“We had to destroy the village in order to save the village” was a famous line that summed up the US military’s approach to pacifying Vietnam. Today,  when the long-awaited Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary begins airing on PBS, a New York Times lead story contains a subheadline summarizing the US military’s equally insane approach in Afghanistan: “Green Zone Expansion Underscores Threat to Western Allies.” Right there at the top of page one!...

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Vietnamarijuana

By Fred Gardner    Back in the 1960s and early ’70s, roughly the same people who wanted US troops out of Vietnam —including many US troops— wanted the freedom to smoke marijuana. The issues intertwined. Everyone who smoked marijuana knew firsthand that the US government was lying about its harmfulness. This knowledge made millions of people suspicious that the government was lying about Vietnam, too. So the popularity of marijuana contributed to the demand for peace. But at the same time, marijuana prohibition gave the government a potent weapon to wield against the peace movement at stateside military bases.  The following account...

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The City Council Considers Cannabis

It was standing room only September 5 as the City Council held a “workshop” on the prospect of the cannabis industry coming to Alameda. The council intends to come up with an ordinance regulating commercial production and distribution before January 1, 2018, when California’s “legalization” laws kick in. City staff had paid the SCI Consultancy Group $60,000 to draft an ordinance for the city council to customize. Neil Hall of SCI provided a 20-minute power point presentation on the history of the industry and the relevant laws. Community Development Director Debbie Potter  reported that staff had done a “randomized”...

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As the California Harvest Comes In…

Nancy Sajben, MD, forwards Thomas Fuller’s Sept. 10 New York Times piece on cannabis cultivation in California. Supply and demand within the state are out of whack, and most growers have chosen not to get permits. Fuller cites Hezekiah Allen of the California Growers Association, who “estimates that about 11 percent of growers — about 3,500 of 32,000 farmers in the Emerald Triangle, which covers Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties — have applied for permits. Most have been deterred by the voluminous paperwork to obtain a permit, the fees and the taxes, he said.” Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas D....

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Why no Testing for Terpenes?

From: Benson Hausman Sent: Friday, September 08, 2017 1:10 PM To: BCC.CEQAcomments@dca.ca.gov Subject: Required Laboratory Testing Dear Sir/Madam, I am the Chief Science Officer for Elemental Wellness Center in San Jose. I recently received a copy of the draft CEQA document that has been offered for public comment. I wish to express my concern about section 3.5.2, Substances Requiring Analysis, Terpenes and Terpenoids. While Prop 64 and previous State laws on medical cannabis, required testing for “The terpenes described in the most current version of the cannabis inflorescence monograph published by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia” (section 26101 (E)), it...

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Disagreement on MBC ‘Agreement’

La Jolla Pain Management Specialist Nancy Sajben, MD, appreciates the “Agreement” that the Medical Board of California intends to provide to physicians for signing by cannabis-using patients. Sajben writes: “These agreements are quite traditional when considering prescription opioids for pain. We cannot assume patients understand safe use. “It covers the bases specified by law and would reassure many of the patients I see who are afraid to use it and allows some legal protection to an MD. “There is no substitute for regular followup as required for monthly opioid prescriptions, but that is not usually possible with prescriptions for MMJ.” Other members...

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CMCR wants cannabis clinicians to present patients with “Agreement”

Continuing our report on the August 30 MBC Marijuana Task Force meeting …  A handout distributed at  the Aug. 30 meeting in Sacramento of the Medical Board of California’s Marijuana Cannabis Task Force was a slightly revised version of a “Medical Cannabis Agreement” written by Brad Wilsey, MD, and colleagues from the Center for Medical Cannabis Research at UC San Diego. Originally  published in the Clinical Journal of Pain 2015; 31 (12), it could have been entitled “Medical Cannabis is not Quite as Dangerous as Plutonium.” Perry Solomon, MD, questioned whether the “Agreement” was reality-based and MBC Executive Director Kimberly Kirchmayer quickly...

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Mukherjee on Cancer in the New Yorker

By Siddhartha Mukherjee   Over the summer of 2011, the water in Lake Michigan turned crystal clear. Shafts of angled light lit the lake bed, like searchlights from a U.F.O.; later, old sunken ships came into view from above. Pleasure was soon replaced by panic: lakes are not supposed to look like swimming pools. When biologists investigated, they found that the turbid swirls of plankton that typically grow in the lake by the million had nearly vanished—consumed gradually, they could only guess, by some ravenous organism. The likely culprits were mollusks: the zebra mussel and its cousin the quagga mussel. The two species—Dreissena polymorpha and Dreissena bugensis—are thought to have originated in the estuarine basins of Ukraine, notably that of the Dnieper River. In the late nineteen-eighties, cargo ships, travelling from the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, had dumped their ballast water into the Great Lakes, contaminating them with foreign organisms. At first, the mollusks seemed like relatively innocuous guests. Then things took a turn. By the mid-nineties, they were hanging from ship keels, turbines, and propellers in bulbous, tumorlike masses, encrusting docks and piers, clogging water pipes and sanitation systems, and washing ashore in such numbers that, on some beaches, you could walk on a solid bar of shells. Eventually, the water clarity began to increase, the effect at first picturesque and then eerie. By 2012, the...

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