Category: O’S Reader

Tim Lincecum’s Pot Bust (Stigma Strikes Out)

We welcome the season with a tip of the O’Shaughnessy’s baseball cap to one of our all-time favorites: Tim Lincecum. On October 30, 2009, Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ ace pitcher, was stopped by a Washington State Highway Patrol officer for driving 74 MPH on Interstate 5, a few miles north of the Oregon border. Lincecum was on his way home to a suburb of Seattle.* The highway patrolman smelled marijuana and Lincecum acknowledged that he had a pipe in the car, and 3.3 grams of bud —about four joints’ worth. Lincecum denied that he had been smoking while driving. The...

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Washburn v. Columbia Products, Inc.

The Millworker’s Argument By Fred Gardner September 17, 2005 The Oregon Supreme Court has agreed to review Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products, Inc., a case that will clarify how much protection the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) affords workers. Millworker Robert Washburn of Klamath Falls got a card through the state program in 1999 after a doctor approved his marijuana use for pain-related insomnia. Washburn never showed signs of impairment on the job, but was fired in 2001 after his urine tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Washburn sued for reinstatement and back pay. A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge...

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Nadelmann Would “Sacrifice” Workers’ Rights

 By O’Shaughnessy’s News Service, December 15, 2010 A week after the election, pro-cannabis reform activists held a get-together in Denver that some modestly referred to as a “summit meeting.” They defined the yes vote for Prop 19 (46%) as a victory and began making plans for another attempt at “legalization” in 2012.   The alpha reform leader is Ethan Nadelmann, George Soros’s lieutenant for drug policy reform. Soros and Peter Lewis, the Progressive Insurance magnate, gave Nadelmann some $8 million a year to allocate to various groups and projects, which is the basis of his clout within the movement....

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Scripture and Strategy

By Joe Talley, MD Inspiring sermons are not commonplace today. but I did hear one this morning that might be (1) a little comfort to any prescriber currently beating himself up, and (2) more importantly, may have implications for future defense of some of us. Even those of us who last saw the inside of the church as a 12-year-old forcibly deposited there will probably remember the parable of the wheat and the tares. The one where farmers woke up to find their wheatfield all grown up with weeds that some wise guy had sown. They asked the boss...

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Cannabis as a First-Line Treatment for Childhood Mental Disorders

By Tod Mikuriya, MD In 1996, California legalized cannabis as a treatment for “any… condition for which it brings relief.”  Although the law does not constrain physicians from approving the use of cannabis by children and adolescents, the state medical board has investigated physicians for doing so, exerting a profoundly inhibiting effect.   Even doctors associated with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians have been reluctant to approve cannabis use by patients under 16 years of age, and have done so only in cases in which prescribable pharmaceuticals had been tried unsuccessfully. The case of Alex P. suggests that the practice...

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