Category: Correspondence

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

The Rollback in Orange County

From Lonnie Painter, a resident at Laguna Woods Village who provided heartening support when Drs. Philip Denney and Robert Sullivan opened a cannabis-focused practice in nearby Lake Forest in 2004. Painter has organized a community cannabis club for educational and social purposes. He is the best kind of activist. The accompanying photo is of Painter at a meeting of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine in Cologne in 2013. So much for staying abreast of the science, citizen…  Wednesday, August 16 close to 5:00 PM my doorbell rang, when I answered it there were 4 men in regular clothes...

Read More

Too much THC is not calming (news flash)

Steve Robinson, MD, forwards a story from the Washington Post’s Wonkblog about a study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago evaluating the relaxing effects of THC. The Wonkblog, relying on experts at The Cannabist, did not question the premise that an oral dose of 7.5 milligrams constitutes a “low dose” of THC. And they’re still defining THC as “pot’s main chemical ingredient.” “…they conducted a randomized, double-blind lab experiment involving 42 test subjects to see how different doses of THC — pot’s main chemical ingredient — affected the subjects’ responses to stressful situations. The test...

Read More

A Radical Idea re Voting

The founder of the SCC, Tod Mikuriya, MD, was quick to make use of new technologies, but he didn’t think the new was inherently superior to the old. In fact, he coined a phrase to describe that simplistic attitude: temporal chauvinism. He would have appreciated the following letter published by the NY Times August 10 in response to an op-ed by R. James Woolsey and Brian J. Fox, “To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source.” I make a living finding software security bugs and reporting them to publishers. Because of that experience, I believe that voting is a problem best solved without...

Read More