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Autumn 2005
Journal of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group

Affirmative Action for Cannabis Users?

A prescient cartoon by Joel Pett ran in USA Today while the International Cannabinoid Research Society was meeting in Clarwater. "They want to take our house for condos, our social security for Wall Street and our kids for the war," says the woman. "Pass the medical marijuana," says the man.

Events indeed could be heading towards a partial, begrudging legalization of marijuana for medicinal use to mollify the American people as the corporate rulers dismantle our productive capacity and wage war for oil. Affirmative action would be their model--benefitting 10% of those in need and declaring the problem solved. According to this scenario, the government would reschedule marijuana (taking credit for compassion, "the democratic process works," etc.). Doctors would then approve its use for AIDS and cancer patients and a few "fortunate" others, while state medical boards and the DEA enforce a "standard of care" that effectively disallows prescriptions for less grave illnesses. The current persecution of opioid-prescribing pain specialists should not be ignored.


O'Shaughnessy's is the journal of the CCRMG/SCC. Our primary goals are the same as the stated goals of any reputable scientific publication: to bring out findings that are accurate, duplicable, and useful to the community at large. But in order to do this, we have to pursue parallel goals such as removing the impediments to clinical research created by Prohibition, and educating our colleagues, co-workers and patients as we educate ourselves about the medical uses of cannabis.
The Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) was formed in the Autumn of 2004 by the member physicians of CCRMG to aid in the promulgation of voluntary standards for clinicians engaged in the recommendation and approval of cannabis under California law (HSC §11362.5).

As the collaborative effort continues to move closer to issueing guidelines, this site serves as a public venue for airing and discussing these guidelines.

Visit the SCC Site for more information.