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Marijuana remains listed in Schedule 1 of the federal Controlled Substances Act and has no accepted medical use. The lack of dose response curve research conducted in large population-controlled trials coupled with the lack of standardized cannabinoid profiling, potency, pesticide, and microbiological testing make it difficult for the physician to offer dosing recommendations for MM short of the adage "start low, go slow."

The American Public Health Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, and many other medical institutions join Americans for Safe Access — the largest member-based marijuana advocacy organization in the country — in promoting safe and legal access to MM for therapeutic uses and research. Polling shows Americans of all political stripes support medical marijuana, and SB 1262 would be a step backward that the public doesn't want to take.

Ahimsa Porter Sumchai is a physician and former District 10 supervisorial candidate.

Comments

MJ should be legal and all of that, the moronic complaining by the fringe types about regulation is mighty comical though.

Put whatever intellectual veneer you want on it, the malady that most pot types have is the lack of being baked.

The high comedy here is that the Guardianaughts think self regulation is a good thing.

I would guess the irony is lost.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 29, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

Doctors should avoid attempts to interpret U.S. Law, especially, the First Amendment, that has conveniently become decreasingly particular and increasingly vague to legitimize and accoutre the wielders' chicanery. Particularly, in this part of the 21st Century, it has been the trend to “thus” or “to extend” the First Amendment beyond intended recognition, to the extent that it is no longer a benign administrative directive.

Your criticism of law enforcement officials and their lack of medical training and general post-secondary education, is haughty to say the least, and denies the juridical “rational basis test” or “if a rational human being can conclude that there is a rational basis for X, then X is rational.” That said, the “rational basis test” does not discriminate on the basis of non/professional pedigree, but on the basis of human rationality, a much more elegant proposition. It is therefore, rational to regulate medical marijuana since it currently is not regulated, inclusive of its stewards and accoutrements. As for your stated indulgence concerning “full informed consent” at the behest of a referring physician, this should rather be obligatory—not “a professional courtesy.”

Dr. Sumchai's essay, though effectively persuasive to some, as well as thorough, is so much political rhetoric that some of us have learned to loathe. Please restore sanity to California and its more perverse drug cult by regulating medical marijuana as should have been done in 1996 when I voted in favor of “Compassionate Care.”

Posted by Awayneramsey on Apr. 30, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

Excellent points m'dear. Will keep this brief. All those who care should be aware that the drug warriors and many of their 'professional pot activist' fellow travelers will be trying to reintroduce the atrocity known as MCLRA, or it's bastard offspring, in 2016.
While it is probably inevitable that something will pass in 2016, my opinion is that "Legalisation" is simply putting lipstick on the pig of prohibition. The only piece of proposed or enacted legislation that comes close to repealing prohibition and establishing reasonable patient safety and environmental protections is CCHI.2016.
The California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative. We are already working to get it back on the ballot in 2016. I urge everyone to read and consider it. It may be our last best chance to avoid repeating the disastrous results of laws enacted in Canada, Colorado and Washington. The Kronikle published another hit piece a couple of days implying a link between cannabis and cardiovascular complications, I very much doubt they will publish my letter but I was able to post a comment to the article in question, including this link:- http://www.cnbc.com/id/101607540
When will they ever learn.
Patrick Monk. RN Hospice Case Manager. SF. Ca.
*Society of Cannabis Clinicians.
*American Cannabis Nurses Association.
**For identification only.
http://goo.gl/8OUwyv

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on May. 01, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

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