Journal of the California Cannabis Research Medical
Affirmative Action for Cannabis
A prescient cartoon by Joel Pett ran in USA Today while the International
Cannabinoid Research Society was meeting in Clarwater. "They want to
take our house for condos, our social security for Wall Street and
our kids for the war," says the woman. "Pass the medical marijuana,"
says the man.
Events indeed could be heading towards a partial, begrudging legalization
of marijuana for medicinal use to mollify the American people as the
corporate rulers dismantle our productive capacity and wage war for
oil. Affirmative action would be their model--benefitting 10% of those
in need and declaring the problem solved. According to this scenario,
the government would reschedule marijuana (taking credit for compassion,
"the democratic process works," etc.). Doctors would then approve its
use for AIDS and cancer patients and a few "fortunate" others, while
state medical boards and the DEA enforce a "standard of care" that
effectively disallows prescriptions for less grave illnesses. The current
persecution of opioid-prescribing pain specialists should not be ignored.
is the journal of the CCRMG/SCC. Our primary goals are the same
as the stated goals of any
reputable scientific publication: to bring out findings that are
accurate, duplicable, and useful to the community at large. But in
order to do this, we have to pursue parallel goals such as removing
the impediments to clinical research created by Prohibition, and
educating our colleagues, co-workers and patients as we educate ourselves
about the medical uses of cannabis.
| The Society
of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) was formed in the Autumn of 2004 by
the member physicians of CCRMG
to aid in the promulgation of voluntary standards for clinicians
engaged in the recommendation and approval of cannabis under California
law (HSC §11362.5).
As the collaborative effort continues to move closer to issueing
guidelines, this site serves as a public venue for airing and
discussing these guidelines.
Visit the SCC Site for more information.