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April 04, 2007

More on Pot Docs

It's no secret that when it comes to 'Medical Marijuana,' San Diego is California's most unfriendly big city and its Union-Tribune it's most consistently unfriendly newspaper. How else does one explain a law suit demanding that the initiative process, which neither the Californa nor Federal Supreme Court would tamper with, be struck down?

Nevertheless, there seems no shortage of San Diegans wishing to receive recommendations to use pot. As I've described in another post, not all pot docs have the same background or motivation, yet district attorneys and others who dislike marijuana users feel free to vilify them and seek to entrap them by sending in snitches posing as patients. These same DAs also seem to think they are knowledgable enough about medical practice to decide what  constitutes an appropriate screeening examination for compliance with the (admittedly vague) guidelines of Proposition 215. The real reason for 215's vagueness was the ignorance and confusion with which thirty years of mindless prohibition had surrounded pot use between 1937 and 1967, and which was then followed by another two decades of inexcusable pseudo scientific drug war propaganda from the DEA and NIDA before Proposition 215 was elected as a political ploy by its ultimate sponsors.

What no one seems to have noticed in the intervening ten years is that the proposition has provided access to at least some of the customers who have propelled cannabis into its undisputed position as the nation's leading cash crop. One would think that opportunity would not be so completely lost on those on either side with a burning interest (pun intended), but one would be wrong.

To return to the issue of pot docs, it appears that the Medical Board of California, which can itself make no claim of clinical expertise relating to cannabinoid use, is again bowing to police pressure by investigating physicians at the behest of San Diego law enforcement officials.

I wish I could report Krueger's lengthy U-T report was just an April Fool hoax, but  it seems to be for real...

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at April 4, 2007 10:57 PM