Author: Fred Gardner

MBC Promoting One-Sided ‘Agreement’

By Fred Gardner   “It’s nice to win one for a change,” said Stephen Robinson, MD, as we headed for hot, flat Sacramento August 30 to attend a meeting of the Medical Board of California’s Cannabis Task Force. He was referring to the MBC’s posting a few days earlier of draft “Guidelines for the recommendation of cannabis for medical purposes.” The Task Force had chosen not to adopt several provisions recommended by the Federation of State Medical Boards that Robinson had decried as onerous on behalf of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. One provision rejected by California’s board  —now adopted...

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An ‘Agreement’ for Doctors to Sign

Date: I, ______________ (clinician name) am treating. _______          _____   (name of patient) for chronic pain. 1. I acknowledge that in medical school I learned nothing about the body’s endocannabinoid system or cannabis as medicine. 2. I began approving cannabis use by patients in _________________ (year) 3.. To educate myself about medicinal cannabis I have • taken CME courses (please list) • read relevant books and periodicals (please list) • attended conferences on medicinal cannabis (please list) 4. I belong to a group of clinicians who share findings and observations re cannabis, and keep abreast of the emerging...

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The Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Agreement, Commented on

The Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Agreement slated for distribution by the Medical Board of California. Interspersed comments are from members of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. (I don’t know why WordPress won’t italicize them. —FG) Date: ___________________________ I understand that _______________________(clinician name) is helping me with the treatment of my chronic pain. In considering the possibility of using medicinal cannabis, it is important to recognize that the risks of medicinal cannabis may be impacted by specific medical conditions and patterns of use. I understand what has been explained to me and agree to the following conditions of treatment: 1. I...

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Cannabis as an Alternative to Opiates —a bibliography

By Dale Gieringer In a comprehensive review of scientific research, the National Academy of Sciences has found “conclusive or substantial evidence” that medical cannabis is effective for the treatment of chronic pain (as well as nausea from chemotherapy and spasticity from multiple sclerosis). These findings were borne out by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, which found cannabis to be effective in reducing pain in six out of six human studies. Cannabis was especially effective in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain due to damaged nerves, a type of pain for which opioids are often...

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The Recurring Terror of Combat

By Al Byrne   My father was an infantryman during World War II —fought his way through North Africa and Sicily. My mother was a US Army dietician in North Africa who became pregnant with me and was sent home. My father wanted to stay in the Army after the war but he got out in 1946. When I was 17 I got a scholarship to Notre Dame to play baseball. I joined Naval ROTC. Next thing I knew I was in a uniform and I was Marine. I was sent down to Vieqes, Puerto Rico for training in the...

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Protected: Tod Mikuriya, MD —Notes for a Biography

“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...

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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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