California Cannabis Research Medical Group


Society of Cannabis Clinicians






Minutes December 2000

Minutes of Meeting (Revised per 12/14/01 meeting)

Call To Order – The first meeting of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group was held on December 8, 2000, at St. Luke’s Skilled Nursing Facility in San Pablo. The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by Tod Mikuriya, M.D., Chairman.

Attendance – William Barton, PhD; Phillip Denney, M.D.; William Eidelmann, M. D.; R. Steve Ellis, M.D.; Frank Fisher, M.D.; George Fuller, M.D.; Dale Gieringer, M.D.; Richard Hansen, M.D.; Jeff Hergenrather, M.D.; Frank Lucido, M.D. Also: Mr. Fred Gardner; Susan Lea, Esq., Corporate Counsel; Jeanne Linda, Medical Staff Services Consultant; John Trapp, Executive Assistant.

Introductions – Appropriate introductions were made by each member present, location of practice and patient advocacy for medical cannabis were discussed.

Self-Governance with Contemporary Technology – Doctor Mikuriya discussed the importance of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group and the opportunities the Group has in developing the primary protocols in the use of cannabis for medical use. A goal of the Group will to employ state-of-the-art technology whenever possible that will include a virtual medical staff office, teleconferencing, and the use of PDA’s (personal digital assistants, e.g., Palm pilot), videoconferencing, etc.

Medical Staff Bylaws – Medical Staff Bylaws have been developed for the California Cannabis Research Medical Group, tailored from the California Medical Association Model Bylaws. Changes have been made to accommodate the needs of this specific Medical Group. This will serve as an initial framework with revisions implemented as required. Motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the Operating Bylaws of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group with the following addition: Article VIII – Allied Health Professional Appointments – Addition of Nurse Practitioners.

Dues – Membership dues were discussed, including the use of such dues to cover credentialing costs, and a motion was made, seconded and carried to approve an initial membership fee of $100/year. However, at the 12/14/01 meeting, it was pointed out that this might conflict with Article III of the Bylaws which states that “the corporation shall not receive membership fees of any kind.” Therefore, a resolution was passed on 12/14/01 that this $100/year would be named a “credentialing costs fee” and used only for that purpose.

Medicolegal Information – Susan Lea, Esq. discussed the corporate structure of CCRMG, which is filed under charitable and scientific purpose. Appropriate filing with the IRS also occurred September 30, 2000. The bylaws of both medical staff and corporation will permit the group to enjoy the benefits of support from the tax-deductible charitable education status of CCRMG. The importance of sharing information, and developing protocols for indications of cannabis for medical use, patient assessment, documentation guidelines and using the Medical Group for this type of forum were discussed. She would also like the group to communicate information of those experiencing problems with the California Medical Board and other agencies due to prescribing medical cannabis. Criminal subpoenas, civil rights cases and court appearances were discussed. All questions posed by the Group were answered by Ms. Lea.

Service Contracts – Research and service opportunities have dramatically increased with the passage of Proposition 36. The use of cannabis substitution in harm reduction treatment programs can be contracted with California cannabis centers for medical supervision services by CCRMG. Other service contracts including government agencies and pharmaceutical research contracts were discussed. The Group will endeavor to contract with an Institutional Review Board in order to receive approval for protocols and voluntary informed consent which meet federal guidelines on testing of human subjects in relation to clinical research.

Committees Duties and Membership – Committees include the Medical Executive Committee, Medical Records Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, Psychiatric Harm-Reduction Committee and Technology/Information Committee. The Quality Assurance Committee will include the ISO-9000 International Standards for Quality. Initial committee memberships were deliberated, including the following committee assignments:
Richard Hansen, M.D. and Tod Mikuriya, M.D. – Psychiatric Harm-Reduction Committee
Jeff Hergenrather, M.D. and Frank Lucido, M,D. – Medical Records Committee
Phillip Denney, M.D. and Tod Mikuriya, M.D. – Quality Assurance Committee
Other assignments will be in follow-up. The first meeting will consist of the Medical Records Committee due to the importance of conformity and uniformity in documentation.

The CCRMG meetings will be quarterly. The full group will be notified of the next meeting

Technology/Information – Meetings will be held on-line whenever possible and using conference calls. The CCRMG website is in development. The CCRMG logo was available to all via email attachment.

Adjournment – There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.

Tod Mikuriya, M.D., Chair
Original minutes signed on January 9, 2001
Revised minutes signed on January 8, 2002


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