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Important MMJ News!

The past few weeks have been groundbreaking in the fight to legalize cannabis (and protect the rights of MMJ) in the United States. More studies have been published to debunk the myths of “gateway drug,” injection initiation, and encouragement of drug use among teens (see below). And of stellar importance, the first steps in the lawsuit, Washington v. Sessions where 5 plaintiffs (including former NFL player Marvin Washington; 12-year-old Colorado medical refugee Alexis Bortell; youngster Jagger Cotte; US military veteran Jose Belen; and the Cannabis Cultural Association) challenge the constitutionality of the classification of marijuana under the federal Controlled Substances Act got underway right here in New York on February 14.

“The five plaintiffs have sued Sessions and the DEA to declare the classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act unconstitutional on claims it violates their rights, including that to travel, to be engaged in business’ interests, and to be free from racial discrimination and in enforcement of the law against communities of color. The federal government denies those claims and has moved to dismiss the action.” —David C. Holland, a member of the legal team representing plaintiffs in Washington v. Sessions.

So, let’s get this issue started by looking at what’s happening!

Medical Marijuana in The News


Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York Calls Out Big Pharma On Opposing Marijuana.   “To them it’s competition for chronic pain, and that’s outrageous because we don’t have the crisis in people who take marijuana for chronic pain having overdose issues,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said. “It’s not the same thing. It’s not as highly addictive as opioids are.”  Read more…

Dean Bortell, front left, kisses his daughter, Alexis, a medical cannabis refugee from Texas and 1 of 5 plaintiffs in Washington v. Sessions (David Zalubowski/AP)

Medical Cannabis Clearly Saves Lives, Federal Judge Declares. Last week, in a lawsuit that could put an end to federal cannabis prohibition, a federal judge in New York, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, acknowledged the healing potential of medical marijuana. “It’s saved a life,” he said, referring to a Colorado girl (Alexis Bortell) with epilepsy. “She has no more epileptic seizures.” The judge then turned to lawyers for the federal government, who have argued that cannabis is a dangerous drug with no accepted medical benefit. “If there is an accepted medical use,” he told them, “your argument doesn’t hold.”  IMPORTANT CASE DETAILS…

red-arrow-icon  Check out the excellent article and interview, Meet the Lawyer Suing Jeff Sessions to End Cannabis Prohibition for more information about Washington vs. Sessions including the history of the Controlled Substance Act, why it takes soooo long to petition the FDA (can take 9 years before being heard for a rescheduling of substance classification and some of the plaintiffs (and others) may not live that long), and the red tape consuming our tax dollars.

UPDATE 2/27/18:

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled that the lawsuit must be dismissed because the plaintiffs had failed to use administrative procedures within the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to challenge the ban.  Judge Hellerstein was convinced of the medical efficacy of cannabis, but ruled that this lawsuit was not the proper path for changing the legal status of marijuana.  “Resigning the plaintiffs to the petitioning administrative process is tantamount to a death sentence for those patients who need cannabis to live,” said Michael Hiller, an attorney for the plaintiffs.  READ FULL DETAILS

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon  More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

New York MMJ New Regulations Review

We want to make sure that you know about the recent updates to NYS MMJ Rules and Regulations and how they affect you.  Be advised that it is the diligence of organizations and people like you who stay on top of elected officials to improve MMJ.  So, keep up the good work and if you’re not involved, get to it!  Resources to contact your elected officials and make your voice heard are above.

In effect as of December 27, 2017, the New York State Department has accorded new regulations to improve the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for patients, practitioners and registered organizations. The new regulations provide:

  • improved experiences for patients and visitors at dispensing facilities5 new registered organizations are authorized to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana;
  • improvements for the department to approve new courses that will allow prospective practitioners to complete their training in a shorter amount of time;
    • DocTommy.comnurse practitioners and physician assistants are now permitted to certify patients —  and…  drumroll…
  • the sale of additional medical marijuana products “including topicals such as ointments, lotions and patches; solid and semi-solid products, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges; and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.” (Source: eaglenewsonline)
    • Home delivery of MMJ is now permitted!

Hurray! Don’t forget to thank Senators Chuck Schumer, Kristine Gillebrand and your local representatives for listening and doing their jobs to secure and enhance our healthcare needs!

SCIENCE: Cannabis Propaganda Myth Busting

Let’s face it: it’s hard enough to deal with the stigmas and stereotypes of marijuana that most people have to overcome when considering MMJ.  And with non-factual, idiocy actually being presented in schools to children (see Canadian Cop’s Attempt to Educate Kids About Marijuana Ends in Epic Fail – he actually told kids that “doobies lead to boobies” in males!), we present you with some of the most recent, scientific research on the effects of cannabis use.

“As opioid abuse continues to wreak havoc across the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, Canada, American politicians and law enforcement officials have repeatedly brought up the gateway theory as a reason to block cannabis legalization efforts, despite a lack of evidence supporting the “slippery slope” claims. A number of studies, including the new Vancouver research, suggest the direct opposite: marijuana prevalence actually decreases opioid use.” —MerryJane

Cannabis use is associated with lower rates of initiation of injection drug use among street-involved youth: A longitudinal analysis.  This finding challenges the view of cannabis as a gateway substance that precipitates the progression to using harder and more addictive drugs. —US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Meta-Analysis: Studies Refute Claims That Medical Cannabis Access Encourages Teen Use. The findings are consistent with those of numerous prior studies, including a federally funded 2015 study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry that assessed marijuana use patterns of over one-million adolescents in 48 states. That paper concluded, [C]oncerns that increased marijuana use is an unintended effect of state marijuana laws seem unfounded.” —

Study debunks claim that medical marijuana laws increase recreational pot use for US teens. Legalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among U.S. adolescents, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction. —Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Winding Down Winter

Looking forward to springing ahead, take a look at our Preparing For Warmer Weather article with tips on spring cleaning, diet prep, exercise, and skin care.  And because it’s worth repeating,

Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

The discomforts of sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat can be confusing to know whether you’ve got a cold, flu, or allergies. Because they share so many symptoms, it can be hard to tell them apart. While cold, flu, and allergies all affect your respiratory system, making it hard to breathe, each has its own set of symptoms that set it apart from the others. Understanding the differences can greatly assist you in choosing the best treatment.

Allergies are your body’s immune system reacting to a trigger (“allergen”) that your body is sensitive to – such as dander and pollen. Respiratory tissues may swell and your nose may become stuffed up or runny and may be accompanied by watery, itchy, eyes. Allergies can last approximately 6 weeks during the pollen season (in spring, summer, and fall). These symptoms are not usually experienced with colds and flu.

Caused by viruses, both colds and flu can lead to a sore throat; congestion; a runny, stuffy nose; and coughing. The flu, however, can also cause headache, fatigue, general aches and pain, and a high fever that lasts for 3-4 days. Colds and flu do not usually last longer than 2 weeks and most people recover without medical care. (However, if symptoms last beyond 10 days or aren’t relieved by over-the-counter medicines, check with a health care provider.)

The chart below (from the National Institute of Health) offers an overview of symptoms, treatments, and more.

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The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.”   Hmmm, just who are these experts?  It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

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Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!

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