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Medical Marijuana: Real-life success stories is Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II’s journey as a Medical Marijuana Doctor from the beginning of its legalization in New York State.  As one of the very first doctors to be MMJ Certified, “Doc Tommy” (as he is affectionately called) provides the human components of the benefits of MMJ for real-life people along with an easy-to-understand, medical perspective.

Funny, thought-provoking, and poignant, Medical Marijuana: Real-life success stories will broaden your horizons to MMJ as complimentary medicine and a natural way to facilitate wellness and alleviate symptoms of debilitating conditions.

Available on Amazon.  Click the book for a preview!


Happy Spring!

There have been serious strides in Medical Marijuana legislation and legalization all around the country — check out MMJ In The News below!  More evidence that MMJ is beneficial to your health is available every day.  We’d like to thank everyone who has done their part, stayed up-to-date with MMJ news, and who have been actively contacting our legislators. Our voices are being heard!  So, it is important to remain vigilant to keep MMJ legal and accessible, but also to make more options available to the general public for natural, well-being.


DocTommy.comDoc Tommy Presents Medical Marijuana 101

Last month, Doc Tommy with Pharmacist, Sang Choi had the opportunity to discuss “Medical Marijauana 101” with local community members. This event was hosted by ETAIN, as part of ETAIN’s healthcare lecture series. “Awesome Night!”


Take Advantage of General Practice Membership!

Independent business studies show that up to two-thirds of the average cost of a medical office visit is associated with paying administrative costs related to insurance coverage. By eliminating this waste, we can pass substantial savings onto our patients.

This ideal approach saves the patient significant cost and allows the doctor to spend more quality time with each patient.  In addition, Doc Tommy’s office has negotiated to receive special pharmacy coupons that can save our patients as much as 75% on important prescription drugs and equally significant savings on key lab tests and in-office procedures.

DocTommy.com More Membership Details


Taking Care This Allergy Season!

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).

We’ve gathered a few links to help give allergy sufferers a bit of relief.

Doc Tommy’s Spring Cleaning Tips

The Mayo Clinic’s Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud

WebMD’s 12 Natural Ways to Defeat Allergies

Health’s Home Remedies for Allergies

EU Natural’s 10 Easy Cleaning Tips for Allergies & Asthma Relief

14 Easy Allergy Remedies by Jillie of One Good Thing


Our Resources Page

Have you seen our Resource Page? We regularly add links to information, tips, products, and more to support the MMJ community. Check out our new additions!

 For info on how to talk to people about MMJ, check out Doc Tommy’s short video and tips.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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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 current, federal administration and its choices for its officers.

And give us your opinion in the poll below!

DocTommy.comMedical marijuana in New York getting used mostly by ages 50 to 70, chronic pain patients.  Some key findings in the latest state Department of Health report evaluating the medical marijuana program show that (i) many of New York’s 98,000 medical marijuana patients are older than 50 and suffering from chronic pain and (ii) the number of medical workers certifying marijuana patients has grown to 1,700 — a major spike since January 2016 when NYS MMJ program went into effect.  Read more…

Miami Opens Its First MMJ Drive-Thru Dispensary.  Well, isn’t that convenient?  Curaleaf, one of the largest cannabis brands in the USA, has opened a large store with private consultation rooms and an assortment of medical marijuana products, including smokable varietals which are now legal in Florida.  Patients can place orders online, pick them up in the convenient drive-thru, and receive same-day or free next-day delivery of medical marijuana products.  Read more…

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These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2019. Source: Forbes

Catching Up

MMJ Strides in 2018.  Last year:

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Gov. Cuomo’s Details of New York’s Cannabis Legalization Plan.  Points of the plan include:

  • Cannabis sold in New York will be subject to a 20% state tax, a 2% county tax and the price on dried flower will also include a $1 excise tax per gram
  • Cannabis will be legal across the state, but individual counties and cities may opt-out of allowing cannabis businesses to sell, cultivate or distribute marijuana in their jurisdictions
  • As in most legal states, cannabis sales will be restricted to adults 21 or older.
  • Unlike in most legal states, New York would ban home cultivation of recreational cannabis. However, medical patients and their caregivers will be allowed to grow their own marijuana.
  • Marijuana offenders are offered a second chance with a measure that will “automatically seal certain cannabis-related criminal records”
  • The state’s legal cannabis market would be regulated by the new Office of Cannabis Management
  • The plan is expected to generate $300 million in tax revenues to be divided between a state traffic committee, small business development programs, and substance abuse services among other things.

Other points in the plan include:

  • Separate licenses for MJ growers, distributors and retailers.
  • A prohibition on growers from owning retail stores.
  • The Office of Cannabis Management would be required to prioritize businesses owned by minorities, women and struggling farmers when deciding who to award marijuana business licenses to.  “We have to do it in a way that creates an economic opportunity for poor communities and people who paid the price and not for rich corporations who are going to come in to make a buck,” said Cuomo in his speech Source: NYS Department of Health

Current Attorney General Favors Marijuana Prohibition.  William Barr, the latest Attorney General (after Trump fired Jeff Sessions), described the existing system concerning marijuana laws as “untenable,” suggested that he personally favors marijuana prohibition, and claims he will not go after cannabis businesses in states where marijuana is legalized.  “In front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on [1/15/19], Barr said he doesn’t plan on using federal resources to “go after” companies if they are complying with state law. That would be a reversal from the approach taken by his predecessor, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who vowed to pursue federal violations more aggressively.” Source: MG Retailer.  Read more on Barr’s position on the issues (Source: NBC News).

John Boehner was named honorary chairman of the National Cannabis Roundtable, an organization to lobby for pro-marijuana policy.  Of course, the organization will also allow legally operating cannabis companies to access financial markets, among other issues. The lobbying group is industry funded and will work on removing federal restrictions that prohibit research on cannabis, combatting the opioid epidemic and developing solutions for veterans. Boehner will not work as a registered lobbyist for the group, but will serve as an adviser. He has worked as a marijuana advocate and sits on the board of the cannabis corporation Acreage Holdings, which owns legalized marijuana licenses in several states.   Source: The Hill.


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

 A Little Humor, Etc.


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

Doc Tommy Presents Medical Marijuana For The Orthopedic Patient

DocTommy.comOn October 11, 2018, Doc Tommy will present for the Muscleskeletal Tumor Society during the Nurses and Allied Health Science Health Symposium at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society is a recognized authority on all aspects of orthopaedic oncology, an influential participant in policy-making for orthopaedic oncology services, and responsive to the needs of orthopaedic oncologists and their patients.

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Have you read the The Daily Mail article that Doc Tommy is quoted in? 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.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”) approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma! (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

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


Current Office Special

Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!

You can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer new people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Get Ready For Autumn!

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green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

And Check out our Office Special – Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!


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Introducing General Practice Membership!

Independent business studies show that up to two-thirds of the average cost of a medical office visit is associated with paying administrative costs related to insurance coverage. By eliminating this waste, we can pass substantial savings onto our patients.

This new approach saves the patient significant cost and allows the doctor to spend more quality time with each patient.  In addition, Doc Tommy’s office has negotiated to receive special pharmacy coupons that can save our patients as much as 75% on important prescription drugs and equally significant savings on key lab tests and in-office procedures.

DocTommy.com More Membership Details


Doc Tommy Presents Medical Marijuana For The Orthopedic Patient

DocTommy.comOn October 11, 2018, Doc Tommy will present for the Muscleskeletal Tumor Society during the Nurses and Allied Health Science Health Symposium at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society is a recognized authority on all aspects of orthopaedic oncology, an influential participant in policy-making for orthopaedic oncology services, and responsive to the needs of orthopaedic oncologists and their patients.


Early Preparation for Cold & Flu Season

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While you may not want to think about the cold weather yet, it’s a good idea to get a head start on the cold and flu season by getting your supplies in order.  It can be pure torture to get caught by a cold and not have what you need already on hand.  Here are a few tips to have what you need when you need it and a free, printable checklist (click image).

Prepare Your Medicine Cabinet.  Discard expired medicines and make a list what you need to replace. You may want to include a digital thermometer, decongestants, cough medicines, antihistamines, fever and pain relief medicines, cough drops and throat lozenges, and nasal spray.

Stock Up on tissues, paper towels, hand soap, and hand sanitizer.  Many sources recommend creating sanitizer stations with small bottles of hand sanitizers in each room.  See our article on Hand Sanitizer Safety.

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Be Diligent About Washing Your Hands. The Center for Disease Control gives detailed instructions for the proper way to wash your hands and the science behind the suggestions.  Definitely check it out!

Stock Your Pantry.  You know what “comfort food” means to you, but sugary and fatty foods are not the best for recuperating from a cold and flu! Make sure you have plenty of water, herbal tea, juice, soup (canned and instant). crackers, and easy to prepare and eat foods on hand.

Clean Surfaces and have household cleaners on hand.  With times ranges from seconds to a couple of days, viruses can survive on surfaces outside the human body!  Disinfect heavily touched objects like doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, and phones daily. Clean your humidifier. Clean household surfaces with disinfectants that contain “bleach, alcohol, pine oil, sodium hypochlorite, citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, or quaternary ammonium compounds”(Source: HealthGrades).  To determine if a product meets specifications for disinfectants, look for an EPA registration number on the label, which may be in the fine print.

Flu Shot. We suggest that you inform yourself about the 2017 flu vaccine as there are some people for whom the vaccine is not recommended for. Read the CDC’s Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.  For more information about the 2017-2017 Flu Shot and its side effects, check out Flu Shot Facts & Side Effects from LiveScience.com.


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We Now Have Evidence That a Marijuana Compound Can Help People With Psychosis

August 30, 2018 – According to a new study from King’s College London (KCL), just one dose of CBD can reduce abnormal brain function in people with psychosis, a condition in which a person experiences a disconnect from reality and may see, hear, or believe things that aren’t actually real. The KCL team published its research in the journal, JAMA Psychiatry.  Read more…


Our Resources Page

Have you seen our Resource Page? We regularly add links to information, tips, products, and more to support the MMJ community. Check out our new additions!

 For info on how to talk to people about MMJ, check out Doc Tommy’s short video and tips.


Medical Marijuana in The News

mmj-news-sm

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 current, federal administration and its choices for its officers.

New York Is Working to Draft a Marijuana Legalization Bill.  August 2018 – The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a “gateway drug,” released a state Health Department report that says the “positive effects” of legalization “outweigh the potential negative impacts.” Governor Cuomo’s office took the first steps towards facilitating major marijuana reform, appointing a 20-person workgroup ( Comprised of health officials, law enforcement leaders, the state budget director, public policy experts, and others) to draft legislation for an adult-use, regulated, recreational cannabis industry — one focused not only on profits, but social justice, too.   Read more…

Epidiolex, First Cannabis Medicine Approved by the FDA.  In late June, the FDA approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), an oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy in patients two years of age and older. This announcement is important because:

  1. the FDA has previously approved drugs using synthetic THC as the active ingredient but Epidiolex is the first, purified drug substance derived from marijuana plants to receive approval;
  2. this is the first FDA approval for cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana plants; and
  3. the approval of Epidiolex may afford the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) an opportunity to review the status of cannabinoids under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

The FDA confirmed that while it continues to support the development of medical marijuana therapies, it does so only under the existing drug approval process.  Read more…

This brings us to:

Epidiolex Will Cost $32,500 a Year.  British-based GW Pharmaceuticals, who makes the drug, said it would cost roughly $32,500 per year. That price may seem exorbitant, especially considering that a single bottle of naturally-derived CBD oil can cost as a little as $30, but GW Chief Executive Justin Gover says that the cost is in line with other brand-name epilepsy meds and was largely based on feedback from insurance companies…  Read more…

  • While the price of Epidiolex puts it far out of reach for patients without health insurance, fortunately for epilepsy patients, there are a number of avenues to other forms of CBD medicine. 30 states currently permit doctors to recommend CBD for various ailments. Despite debates on legality under federal law, many of these products are available to purchase online or in health stores across the country.

red-arrow-icon  Just in case you don’t understand how important it is to keep MMJ LEGAL and laws moving forward, here is a reason to be grateful we live in New York: Texas – Man denied liver transplant due to medical cannabis use.

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

 A Little Humor…?


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

DocTommy.com - Dr. Thomas G. O'Brien, D.O.

Click to enlarge

Have you read the The Daily Mail article that Doc Tommy is quoted in? 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.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”) approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma! (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

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


Current Office Special

Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!

You can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer new people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.