Category: Correspondence

‘Stakeholder Engagement Meeting’ on NAS Report

Sorry for the late notice —the discussion starts at 9:45 a.m. Beltway Time. Do the organizers not know that most of the “stakeholders” they intend to “engage” are living on the Left Coast? Oh, well… As Wanda used to say, “Be there or be in DARE!” On February 21, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) will host an open stakeholder engagement meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss key messages from the new report, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.  The event, which will also be...

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Black Women Ignored as Doulas, Acknowledged as Specimens

Deborah Peterson Small forwarded a piece from NPR with a chilling graphic and this comment: “Important history piece about the role of black women in the development of modern gynecology, as subjects of experimentation……missing is the role of black women as midwives and nurses whose medical knowledge was passed down from generation to generation……all of which was dismissed by European medical professionals who had no respect for the knowledge and practice of black doulas who were often the only health care providers for enslaved women and their children.” Here’s the piece from NPR. org, which aired in February 2016: Remembering...

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Mendocino Misdemean-ness

By Pebbles Trippet Something strange in Mendocino pot annals occurred at the 2016 County ballot. Neither of the two competing cannabis initiatives – Mendocino Heritage Act (AF) and Cannabis Tax Act (AI) — won 2/3 of the vote required for approval of new taxes. AI came close to passing, the vote was 7038 to 4024 against — 63.62 %. The identical thing happened with the other closely watched ballot measures AG/AH for Mental Health taxes, which also failed with 65.19% and 62.68% (just short of the required 66 2/3%). It was heavily promoted by Sheriff Tom Allman for a compelling law...

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Where Does the FSMB say ‘Sic ’em?’

January 26   Alan Frankel, MD, emails regarding the Federation of State Medical Boards’ “model guidelines:” “I reviewed the suggested regulations. I can’t find the place where it talks about the limit on the number of recs or what that number might be per month or ?? Do you have this info?”  Retro Message:  The FSMB’s 14-page ‘Model Guidelines’ don’t give specifics —they endorse certain algorithms to trigger investigations in the appendix, below five pages of “references” (ain’t we evidence-based?), under the innocuous heading: “Registration.” They describe them as “common factors oversight agencies rely on in referring physicians to the...

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Sessions’ Session Unsettles Swerdlow

From  Lanny Swerdlow, RN LNC, a posted hedded ” The End of Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment Will Give AG Designate Jeff Sessions the Opening to Unleash Federal Cops and Lawyers in California.” (The Rohrbacher/Farr Amendment, which expires in late April, prevents the DEA from spending money on raids that circumvent state laws protecting marijuana producers and consumers.) US Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions underwent his confirmation hearing on January 10 and his testimony on marijuana was anything but reassuring. Although some commentators have written that his statements were wishy-washy and noncommittal, I believe his responses portend a major crackdown in states...

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