Author: Fred Gardner

Cal/OSHA Cannabis Industry Advisory Meeting

This notice of a meeting was sent by Hannah Nelson, who comments, “They already conducted one of these (for MCRSA) a year ago and determined there was no need to create separate rules from existing rules (that apply to all and specialized but similar industries). Nonetheless, it will be important for people to show up and make comments (not just ask questions, since they won’t answer but are looking for input). We boldfaced our favorite governmental concern. From: “Neidhardt, Amalia@DIR” <ANeidhardt@dir.ca.gov<mailto:ANeidhardt@dir.ca.gov>> Subject: Cannabis Industry Advisory Meeting – To all interested parties, please mark your calendars for the upcoming As...

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Eisenberg v. Speller

From Bobby Eisenberg December 8: Here is my response to your article in today’s O’Shaughnessy’s. Speller disgraced Tod’s efforts and those of all the good doctors who have worked hard at creating the real medical cannabis practices in CA! Fred, why don’t you tell the whole story on Speller. The fact is that in 5 years in Cool after taking over Doc Fry’s practice, Speller failed to exam one single patient out of 15,000+  patients she collected $125 to $175 a piece. There were hundreds of patients she accepted checks from and failed to mail recommendations to and just as many that she sold “ID” cards to that we’re never received. In my opinion, she and her lawyer Tracy Green evaded at least four hearings by lying to the MB. No patients received their day in court. And after being placed on probation she continued to sell recommendations for three years to patients she never laid eyes on. You make it sound like her punishment was unjust. She should have had her licensed revoked. LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO TOD. Love from Cool, Bobby FG responds: I didn’t consider the disposition in Dr. Speller’s case unjust —based on all I’d heard from you over the years. But other readers thought I was taking Speller’s part, too.  I wonder why? Maybe because I noted that she had been an SCC member...

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Speller, Ragland Curtailed by MBC

The Medical Board of California earlier this year punished two physicians who specialized in cannabis consultations. The disposition of their cases as per the MBC website: SPELLER, CRISTAL DAWN, M.D. (A 62390), Glendale, CA No admission but charged with repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of three patients when she approved phone renewals for marijuana without conducting an examination and violated the terms of her Board-ordered probation. Revoked, stayed, placed on 4 years’ probation to be served consecutively to previously imposed probation, with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices...

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The Great Trend of Our Time is Privatization

US liberals were dismayed this week when President Trump opened some two million acres of federal land to private exploitation. As reported by Julie Turkewitz in the New York Times December 4: The administration shrank Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by 85 percent, and cut another monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante, to about half its current size. The move, a reversal of protections put in place by Democratic predecessors, comes as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands. The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a...

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New Hampshire to Dr. Konopka: ‘Computerize or Die’

As reported by Ars Technica’s Cyrus Farivar November 5: An 84-year-old doctor in New London, New Hampshire, appeared in state court Friday in an effort to regain her medical license, less than a week after closing her office on October 28. State authorities claim that—because Dr. Anna Konopka doesn’t have a computer, much less know how to use one—her organizational skills are lacking, according to the Associated Press. “The problem now is that I am not doing certain things on a computer,” she told the news service. “I have to learn that. It is time consuming. I have no...

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ETOH Sales Drop in MMJ States

Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent in states that adopted medical marijuana laws (MMLs), according to a paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University posted online at SSRN November 2. Here’s the abstract: We use data on purchases of alcoholic beverages in grocery, convenience, drug, or mass distribution stores in US counties for 2006-2015 to study the link between medical marijuana laws and alcohol consumption and focus on settling the debate between the substitutability or complementarity between marijuana and alcohol. To do this we exploit the differences in the timing of the of marijuana laws...

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Cannabinoids for prevention of migraines

A study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Amsterdam confirmed that cannabinoids are just as suitable as a prophylaxis for migraine attacks as other pharmaceutical treatments. Interestingly though, when it comes to treating acute cluster headaches they are only effective in patients that suffered from migraine in childhood. Amsterdam, 24 June 2017 – Germany’s recent decision to liberalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes has rekindled policy debate across Europe. While politics and health authorities continue to weigh up the pros and cons of this treatment method, researchers are constantly furthering scientific understanding...

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Multimodal Minus Marijuana

From Stephen M. Robinson, MD: This presentation, “Mutltimodal Analgesia… May be Key in Reducing Opioid Use” contains not even a mention of incorporating cannabinoids into the pain management regimen.  Perhaps this is one beachhead SCC should attempt to land on. Retro Message: A quick search just turned up another Multimodal Analgesia study supposedly reviewing all the  “Current Concepts.” Keywords: “Acetaminophen; Alpha 2 agonists; Clonidine; Dexamethasone; Dexmedetomidine; Duloxetine; Ketamine; Magnesium; Multimodal analgesia; NSAIDs; Opioids.”  And, of course, “Indexed for Medline.” —FG Multimodal Analgesia, Current Concepts, and Acute Pain Considerations. Helander EM1, Menard BL1, Harmon CM1, Homra BK2, Allain AV1, Bordelon GJ1,...

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Helichrysum italicum

“Immortelle” is a good name for a plant supposed to have anti-aging properties, and Croatian farmers are trying to grow commercial quantities. According to a November 24 New York Times story by Joseph Orovic, “About five years ago, cosmetics manufacturers and the essential oils industry started using a rare extract from the flower — known as the curry plant for its spicy aroma — as a critical ingredient in high-end creams, ointments and tinctures, sold for their purported rejuvenating powers.” The Latin name,  Helichrysum italicum, isn’t inherently commercial but it reminds us…  In making the point that plants other...

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