Everyday We Write the Book
“Everyday I Write the Book” is a true song by Elvis Costello and it’s also our aim —to post news, analysis, and relevant history that people interested in the medical marijuana movement might find useful.
I’ve been covering the movement in earnest since 1996, when California voters passed Proposition 15, which allowed doctors to approve cannabis use by patients. It’s a big story with many facets —science, politics, law, medicine, history, economics— and a cast of thousands, and a supporting case of millions.
My day job as an editor at the University of California San Francisco enabled me to follow advances on the scientific front. And I had good connections on the political and medical fronts, including Dennis Peron —whose San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club had given rise to the Prop 215 campaign— and Tod Mikuriya, MD, the Berkeley-based psychiatrist who had published the suppressed pre-prohibition medical literature on marijuana and helped draft Prop 215.
In 2000 I joined the ranks of law enforcement as public information officer for the District Attorney of San Francisco, Terence Hallinan. Getting an inside view of how the “War on Drugs” is actually prosecuted —even in the city and county of San Francisco under “America’s most progressive DA”— confirmed my outside view. Two-thirds of all criminal cases involve drugs. Enforcing drug prohibition is the excuse for maintaining an outsized police force. Abolition in one county can’t be achieved.
In 2003 I producedO’Shaughnessy’s in support of Dr. Mikuriya, who was being prosecuted by the Medical Board of California. Tod had organized a group of doctors (now called the Society of Cannabis Clinicians) who were monitoring cannabis use by patients. He wanted a journal that would publish the SCC doctors’ findings and observations, and keep them up-to-date on what scientists were learning about the endocannabinoid system, and report on relevant political and legal developments of interest. By design, O’Shaughnessy’s came out as a cross between a medical journal and a defense-committee leaflet. “Hybrid vigor!” Tod proclaimed.
He died in 2006. The SCC abides under the leadership of Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD. O’Shaughnessy’s abides as a tabloid distributed by SCC members to their patients —and now online. Martin A. Lee has been an editor since 2009.
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How can the government shut down proactive methods of treatment?! HOW! CARE ABOUT PEOPLE NOT PRINTED PAPER!!!!
21 July 2012 - Morgan Freeman adds his name to the list of A-list actors who have spoken publicly about their support of marijuana legalization, a point he gave depth to in a recent interview with Newsweek:
“Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s supid.”
2 Dec 2009 - NBC reports: Marilyn Monroe’s latest movie may explain the blonde bombshell’s notoriously bubbly personality. In footage that has just come to light after being forgotten for half a century, the “Some Like it Hot” star is seen puffing on what the owner of the film says is a marijuana joint: “I got it (the pot). It was mine. It was just passed around.
“I had it up in my attic all this time,” says the woman who shot the film, basically a home movie. The friend of Marilyn, who doesn’t want to be named publicly, said she regularly hung out with the starlet in the 50s, and thought nothing to be hanging out with her. “Home movies, that’s all it was,” she told NBCNewYork.com. “It was never a big deal for me.”
The source, younger than Marilyn at the time and now in her late 60s, says she even rolled the doobie for Monroe, but claims the smoking didn’t have that much of an effect on the starlet.
“It was all real casual, it was just friends hanging out,” she said. “She was the same [after smoking] – a little giggly.”
“If it wasn’t supposed to be here, then the big guy wouldn’t have put it here, hemp is supposed to be on earth.” ~Willie Nelson