Category: Dispatches

The Meaning of Mistletoe

By Fred Gardner Dear SCC Reader: If you’re thinking, ‘It’s the annual Christmas column, I can pass…” Scroll down to the PPS. It could not be more timely… Also timely is this image from Haven Kimmel. Why does the presence of mistletoe —a parasitic plant that roots in oaks and other host trees— confer the right to kiss whoever you’re with? The answer occurred to John Lee, MD, a family practitioner in Mill Valley, back in 1967. Lee was then editing the Marin Medical Society Bulletin and on the lookout for topics for his monthly column. He came across an...

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A Score at the Used Bookstore

Kerry Drake was an “ace investigator for the D.A” in a comic strip widely syndicated in US newspapers. Written initially by Allen Saunders and drawn by Alfred Andriola, the strip ran from 1943 to 1983. New American Syndicate issued a book of Kerry Drake strips in 1987. The featured episodes were from 1946, when Kerry —”handsome, fearless, resourceful”— and his devoted flunky Firetop and his desirous secretary Sandy Burns confront the marijuana menace. I found that book last night on the bargain stand outside Alameda’s lively used bookstore, Rocket Reuse. New American Syndicate was not being campy in choosing this...

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Dustin Costa is Free at Last

Inmate 62406097 – COSTA, DUSTIN ROBERT no longer has access to the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System; therefore, he/she may not send or receive messages. El preso 62406097 – COSTA, DUSTIN ROBERT ya no tiene acceso al sistema de computadora limitada de presos del fondo fiduciario; por lo tanto, el/ella no puede enviar o recibir mensajes. Here’s the story of how this well-intentioned Vietnam-era vet —abiding by California law!— wound up in federal prison for eight years!  Read ’em and weep! As of last week-end, Dustin resides in a half-way house in Fresno. If you are a ganjapreneur...

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A Logical Way to Evaluate Cannabis Use: N=1 Trials

Jeff Hergenrather, MD, forwards this excellent, thorough article by Felicity Nelson on medicalrepublic.com, examining the logic of using N=1 trials to evaluate cannabis use. Nelson’s hook was a recent meeting ( GP17) of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), at which SCC stalwart David Caldicott, MD, advocated the N=1 approach.  Tell it like it is, Felicity: A GP took to the microphone at last month’s GP17 panel discussion on medical cannabis and said: “We’ve got a full house, and I’m sure most of us here are wondering, what do we do?” The room was crammed full of curious doctors;...

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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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