Category: Dispatches

Medical Marijuana: The Baseball Analogy

“Baseball’s Unappreciated Power Duo,”  the headline on Robert O’Connell’s New York Times story March 27, referred to Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. The piece begins: “Baseball’s great power partnerships range from the foundational (Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig) to the quintessential (Willie Mays and Willie McCovey)… Yet one deserving pair often remains overlooked in these discussions. In the 1930s and ’40s, catcher Josh Gibson and first baseman Buck Leonard anchored one of the most potent lineups in baseball history, but they did so for the Homestead Grays of the Negro leagues. There is an analogy between the Negro Leagues and...

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JAMA Misstates Federal Law re Cannabis Approvals

On Mar 19, 2018, at 11:26 PM, Steve Robinson, MD, wrote: Attached is an article in JAMA March 6. I’d draw your attention to the statement highlighted on the second page “…only 59% knew that it is against federal laws to certify patients……” I’m under the impression that the appellate decision in Conant v. Walter protects physicians’ speech in discussing and/or recommending the use of cannabis in states that have legalized medicinal cannabis. Gary Starr, MD, a colleague in the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, emailed: This JAMA piece clearly presents alternative facts to an under-educated (on the topic)  audience.  Frankly, that’s...

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SCC Creates Decision Tree for MDs Treating Neuropathic Pain Patients

The Society of Cannabis Clinicians has developed a ‘Decision Tree’ for physicians treating neuropathic pain patients, co-authored by Stephen Robinson, MD, and Sherry Yafai, MD. Dr. Robinson has forwarded the SCC document to the Medical Board of California with a letter noting that the board’s  “Guidelines for the Recommendation of Cannabis for Medical Purposes” include a Decision Tree (as Appendix 1) that “does not accurately reflect the board’s policy as stated in the narrative guidelines, page 4, ‘A patient need not have failed on all standard medications in order for a physician to recommend or approve the use of cannabis...

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The Ballad of Dennis Peron

A true story, written in 1977 with a new ending in 1991. The “miracle ounce” was Dennis’s phrase for the amount of pot that San Franciscans could possess under a supposedly liberal city administration… But cultivation remained illegal, and so did possession of more than an ounce; so where, Dennis asked, did the miracle ounce come from? I’m gonna tell you the story of Dennis Peron Our neighborhood dealer, well liked and well known He had something miraculous always on sale and now he’s facing more time in jail Tell me how many ways and how many times must...

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Another Side of Dennis Peron

Dennis Peron died in January. On Sunday March 11 there was a memorial for him at Café Flor in the Castro. I wrote out a speech but reading it would have taken eight minutes and the organizers requested The Ballad of Dennis Peron, so I condensed the speech (full version below) and rapped the lyric. Everybody knows that Dennis was a leader in the medical marijuana movement and in the fight for gay rights. Not everybody knows about his role in the peace movement. After Dennis had been shot in the thigh by a San Francisco narc, he underwent...

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