Category: Notes to the SCC

‘High Sobriety’

“High Sobriety,” a Los Angeles treatment facility where cannabis is used by addicts weaning off hard drugs, was featured in a March 27 New York Times story. The name is as clever as their approach! Thus the prediction made in the tag of O’Shaughnessy’s March 16 item came true in record time. We may have to stop calling it the “Treatment Racket” as more of them get restored to sanity. (On the other hand, “The co-founder and main investor in High Sobriety, Michael Welch… also co-owns and operates several 12-step-based rehabilitation clinics that have a total of 100 beds. Charges range from $25,000 to $80,000 a month for a private room.”) ‘Treatment’ Providers Ponder MJ...

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$407 for lab testing an LB?

California’s Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act has been passed by the legislature, signed by the governor, and the Administrative State needs until January 1, 2018 to implement it. Dale Gieringer of California NORML reports: “Regulatory costs due to MCRSA are estimated to run between $225 and $873 per pound, according to an economic analysis by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.  “Over half of the costs are accounted for by testing requirements. This analysis doesn’t include taxes.  The Prop 64 cultivation tax comes to $148/pound —less than the estimated cost of testing.  The analysis also estimates that adult-use production will be...

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Over the Transom, March 24, 2017

 • Harold Varmus, MD, has an op-ed in the March 22 New York Times bemoaning Trump’s proposal to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health by about 18%. Varmus, once an English major was the director of NIH from 1993 to 1999 and of the National Cancer Institute from 2010 to 2015. Donna Shalala described him as “the best hire of the Clinton Administration.” He opines: “As I have learned from my own time at the N.I.H., this is not about Republicans versus Democrats. It is about a more fundamental divide, between those who believe in evidence as a basis for life-altering and...

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California Med Board Gossip

From Kaiser Health News by Jenny Gold: California Medical Board President Faces Questions Over Vote In Sexual Misconduct Case The president of the Medical Board of California is facing questions from critics about a business deal he struck after the board decided to reinstate the license of a doctor who engaged in sexual misconduct with patients. In 2012, Dr. Dev GnanaDev, new to the board and not yet president, was part of a disciplinary panel that voted to reinstate Dr. Hari Reddy. The Victorville family physician had lost his license in 2003 after the board found he had engaged in...

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‘Treatment’ Providers Ponder MJ Legalization

Kevin Hill’s paper in JAMA March 14, “Cannabis Use and Risk for Substance Use Disorders and Mood or Anxiety Disorders,” caught the attention of Diane Dickinson, MD. Hill is an addiction specialist at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He begins with an expression of concern:  “Health care professionals often are concerned about whether cannabis use will lead to psychiatric illnesses such as substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, or mood disorders among their patients. Many stakeholders are concerned that an association between cannabis use and psychiatric illnesses will lead to a steady increase in these illnesses as more states...

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