Category Archives: Medical Marijuana

SB 151 Must Include Medical Marihuana

State Senator Hernandez is carrying a bill (SB 151) that will raise the age from 18 – 21 for age to purchase tobacco cigarettes.  This is good, of course, but, interestingly, the bill does not include medical marijuana—-which is also smoked.

How can our legislatures say to kids they can’t smoke tobacco, but it’s ok if they smoke medical marihuana?  New York is the most recent state to pass medical marijuana and it excludes smoking smoking marijuana for any age.  Why does California Continue reading SB 151 Must Include Medical Marihuana

Cannabidiol is not Medical Marijuana

The Gupta/CNN special Weed 3 was not an accurate, balanced portrayal of marijuana. The intent to proliferate the perception of marijuana as a wonder drug was obvious, but unfortunate.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the plant has helped some, like little 5- year old Charlotte, but it hasn’t been 100% effective and it’s not “medical marijuana,” implying it is the whole plant and medicinal. Constantly portraying it inaccurately speaks volumes for the true intent of the show.

We can all rejoice that some parents found relief for their child when conventional medicines failed. But surely these same parents would not wish their good fortune to be manipulated Continue reading Cannabidiol is not Medical Marijuana

Judge Mueller Upholds Schedule I Status

On April 15, 2015, Judge Kimberly Mueller of the US Court in Sacramento upheld the constitutionality of marijuana’s Schedule I designation.   Schedule I drugs are not deemed medically applicable and must have a high potential for abuse.

At the same time the judge decided not to dismiss the case against a dozen defendants of marijuana cultivation charges in a national forest.   It was an unprecedented situation to use criminal charges to try and pull off constitutional changes.  The status on that case is expected to be updated on May 6.

Judge Mueller’s ruling should not have been a surprise. It was a long shot to believe that a judge would single-handedly reverse the separation of powers built into the federal government,  overruling the legislative branch while usurping power from the executive branch.   The marijuana proponents had many testimonies on their behalf, while the federal government needed a single expert witness, Dr. Bertha Madras of Harvard University.

The last time the marijuana activists asked for a rescheduling was in 2012.  On January 22, 2013, a three-panel federal appeals court ruled against rescheduling marijuana. Judge Merrick Garland, now chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, admitted that it was the court’s responsibility to defer to the scientific expertise of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  The DEA had reached its conclusions with the input of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While that earlier case questioned questioned whether the intentions of the DEA were arbitrary and capricious, the recent case questioned the intentions of Congress while setting down the 5-tier classification system back in 1970.

Schedule I drugs must have a high potential for abuse,  and are not deemed safe for medical application even under medical supervision.  The huge difficulty for confirming efficacy and proper dosing in “medical” marijuana substantiates this lack of safety.

Those asking for a rescheduling of marijuana claim that researchers don’t have the ability to study it.  However, there are currently 396 studies listed for clinical trials on derivatives of the marijuana plant, 273 for cannabidiol and 123 for THC.