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Autumn 2005
Journal of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group

The Myth of Available Treatment

By Frank Fisher, MD

The myth of available treatment is alive and well. If it were up to the medical profession, the pain issue would never move. In fact, members of the medical profession perpetrate far more than their share of the neglect and persecution that pain victims endure.

There are two main reasons for this, and both concern ethics: (1) The first is expediency. Given the malignant regulatory climate, the first ethical law of medicine has become the survival of the physician. (2) The second issue is education —but not, as many think, education in the field of pain management. The process of medical education is universally flawed in the following sense. It fails to inform physicians in training of the propensity for governments to go astray, and then require physicians to behave unethically. This deficiency can be compared to a hypothetical situation in which high school civics classes neglected to teach that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written to keep the government from getting out of control and turning against the people. This failure of ethical education must be at least partially responsible for the increasingly frequent allegations of unethical behavior by physicians in situations like Baghdad and Guantanamo.

Fortunately, the pain crisis isn’t primarily a medical problem. (Pain is easy to control, and we have the means close at hand to do so.)

Hope arises from the realization that the pain crisis is instead, a human rights issue.

In accordance with what you have observed about physicians, the pain problem will be resolved in spite of the influence of the medical profession.

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).

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