Category: Correspondence

Florida’s Rules re Medical Cannabis

The Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine released two new rules today developed by the Joint committee with respect to medical cannabis. They address a newly required uniform patient consent form as well as disciplinary guidelines for the respective Boards for improper patient certifications.  Both rules became effective immediately on October 4. Make sure you start using these new consent forms today! The Uniform Patient Consent form for MDs The Uniform Patient Consent form for DOs We are still waiting on Board rules creating a form for the “or other” conditions, which must be turned into the respective Boards...

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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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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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Protesting the MBC’s ‘Agreement’

After attending the August 30 meeting of the Medical Board of California’s Cannabis Task Force, Perry Solomon sent this email to Executive Director Kimberly Kirchmeyer: From: Perry Solomon <perry@hellomd.com> Subject: Medical Board Meeting Date: September 1, 2017 at 9:57:58 AM PDT To: “Kimberly.Kirchmeyer@mbc.ca.gov” <Kimberly.Kirchmeyer@mbc.ca.gov> Ms. Lawson, Dr. Krauss and Ms. Kirchmeyer, Thank you for the opportunity to speak at the Sub Committee meeting on Wednesday. I am glad that the issue of “physical exams” was deleted and that cannabis evaluations will continue to be performed by telehealth means. Now that I have had time to read the Appendix 2...

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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...

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