Vol. 4, Number 4
April 1, 2012
cheryl riley, editor & writer
Dr. David Bearman, writer
Gradi Jordan, writer
Arthur Livermore, writer
Who's Who
What's New
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Essentials of the practice of Cannabinoid medicine



TRAINING: Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Noon – 5:15 p.m.
    Loew’s Resort Tucson
    Essentials of the practice of Cannabinoid medicine

TEST: Sunday April 29, 2012

This is a satellite to the Patients Out of Time Conference, April 26-28, Tucson, AZ

  • Learn History of Cannabis Use
  • Learn about endocannabinoid system
  • Learn how to be an effective cannabinoid medicine specialist
  • Develop skills in talking to the media
Registration: $75 includes workshop, coffee and snack

Doctors and patients are taking a leading position to end the misinformation, and stigmatization caused by our current punitive and discriminatory drug policies. We are building a movement to professionalize the use of cannabis and to marginalize those physicians practicing minimalist medicine.

We are supportive of those who call for more research, health oriented strategies, and widespread drug policy reform. The irresponsible waste of dollars and resources, and the devastating loss of lives and liberty caused by current drug policies needs to end.

We need to build on thousands of years of historical use and over 20,000 basic science studies. As cannabinoid medicine clinicians we are aware of the medicinal value of cannabis. Lean more about the science and clinical application of cannabis and cannabinoids.

This training on April 26th will prepare you for the AACM certification exam on April 29th.


See you at Patients Out of Time in Tucson!

Who's Who in Medical Cannabis - Dr. David Bearman

After working for nearly forty years in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, Dr. David Bearman has a few questions, including: “Why should the government stand in the way of an individual to take responsibility for their health?” And, “Why should cannabis be in a separate category from other herbal remedies?” Dr. Bearman believes that “it is clear to all but the most scientifically illiterate that cannabis and cannabinoids are medicine.”

A pioneer in free and community clinic activities, Dr. Bearman is one of the leading physicians in the U.S. in the field of medical cannabis. His decades of work in substance abuse treatment and prevention qualify him as an expert, not only in conventional treatment and prevention, but in the therapeutic use of cannabis as well.

In his essay, The Tipping Point, this Santa Barbara physician and surgeon asks another, intriguing question, “Are we finally nearing the end to a long pointless war of hysteria?” Bearman continues, “We may have finally reached a tipping point in this long war on our sanity,” and cites several indicators that the war against cannabis might soon be over:

  • In December, 2005, the FDA finally approved phase III clinical studies for tincture of cannabis, to be conducted by GW Pharmaceuticals (more info here)
  • Two of the most ferocious former federal drug warriors, Congressman Bob Barr and Dr. Andrea Barthwell, Deputy Drug Czar under President George W. Bush, have seen the light and switched sides, now working as spokespeople for the Marijuana Policy Project and GW Pharmaceuticals, respectively.
  • The Hinchey – Rohrbacher Amendment continues to slowly gain support, and that support is expected to increase dramatically in the near future. (No documentation available.)
  • In June 2001, Professor Lyle Craker applied to the DEA for a license to grow and study cannabis at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A recent ruling in the case seems to finally point toward approval.
  • Americans for Safe Access, or ASA, has filed a suit against the Department of Health and Human Services for violating the Data Quality Control Act of 2002. (The Data Quality Act (DQA) is a measure enacted by Congress to ensure that federal agencies use and disseminate accurate information.) A decision in this case is expected this year.
  • Democratic presidential candidate, Governor William Richardson signed New Mexico’s medical cannabis bill into law and sustained no discernable political ramifications.
  • Growing numbers of U.S. physicians, at least 5,000 documented, are openly supporting medical cannabis.

Dr. Bearman believes that these indicators are undeniable proof of Americans’ collective change of mind about the worth of cannabis as medicine, and that the real issues raised by medical cannabis are Constitutional and philosophical.

Bearman and other informed observers believe that, with the great interest shown by the pharmaceutical industry in the development of new cannabis-based drugs and synthetic cannabinoids, we will benefit from a better understanding of brain chemistry, and that different strains of condition-specific cannabis will continue to be developed, along with similar synthetics, making the future of medicinal cannabis look promising indeed.

Learn more about Dr.David Bearman and his outstanding accomplishments for medical cannabis patients. See http://www.davidbearmanmd.com

What's New

Alabama: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HB642 - The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act of Alabama

Arkansas: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Connecticut: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Florida: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.

Idaho: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Illinois: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   Bill Status of SB1381

Indiana: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Iowa: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Kansas: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.
   Marijuana Bill Reaches House
   Cannabis Compassion and Care Act

Maryland: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   Bill Status of SB 627

Massachusetts: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Minnesota: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Missouri: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HOUSE BILL NO. 1670 - An Act relating to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes
   Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber hopes Missouri legislature passes medical marijuana law

New Hampshire: Considering a medical marijuana law.

New York: Considering a medical marijuana law.

North Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act

Ohio: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HB 214

Pennsylvania: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HB 1393

South Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.

South Dakota: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.

Tennessee: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Texas: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Wisconsin: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act

Featured Recipe - Purple Passion Potatoes by Jay R. Cavanaugh, PhD

Purple Passion Potatoes
The Canny Bus Trip Kit

We’ve made garlic roasted mashed potatoes before and they are screaming good but this recipe kicks everything up a notch. For purple mashed potatoes you’re going to use color in the kitchen. Blue potatoes, green butter, white cream cheese, is all going to end up giving you royal purple potatoes with a punch.

The key to the taste and potency of these marvelous spuds comes from the Better Bud Butter. Our most recent batch was made from eight ounces of bud trim from a 50\50 mixture of California Orange Sativa and Cali-O Indica. Both were organically grown outdoors at 2,500 foot elevation. The eight ounces of trim were slow crock pot cooked with two pounds of dairy butter yielding two cups of very potent cannabutter after straining repeatedly through cheese cloth.

Notice that the cannabutter is added only after the potatoes are cooked. This means no degradation of key cannabinoids. The other key to this recipe is the use of blue potatoes. We picked ours up at Whole Foods market. They are small to medium in size and very blue inside and out. Organically grown, these spuds are delicious, nutritious, and very blue. We washed and scrubbed the taters but left the peels on. We also substituted whipped cream cheese for sour cream. What a happy surprise! We also used purple garlic just to keep things festive.


1 to 1 ½ pounds organic blue potatoes- washed and cut into chunks
¼ to 1/3 cup Better Bud Butter
6 oz whipped cream cheese
Three heads fresh purple garlic (that’s right heads not cloves)
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed basil
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine
1 tablespoon Dr. Jay’s Essence (optional- recipe below)

Dr. Jay’s Essence:

2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt


Roasted Garlic- Slice off the top one third of the garlic heads exposing a flat surface (we keep the top third to make garlic oil). Pour the tablespoon of olive oil onto the cut surfaces and let it sink in. If the garlic soaks up all of the oil add a bit more on top. Sprinkle the basil on top. Place the garlic into a "tent/boat" of aluminum foil, add the red wine at the bottom for moisture, close the boat and pop into a 425 degree oven for approximately one hour. When done (should be brown on top but not burnt), take the boat out of the oven and set aside to cool while the potatoes cook.

Blue Potatoes- Wash the spuds, quarter them, and place them in hot salted water. Bring to a boil then simmer covered until the potatoes are soft. Drain thoroughly. Add half the butter and begin mashing. Squeeze in the roasted garlic; add the rest of the cannabutter and mix. Add salt, pepper, and Dr. Jay’s Essence (optional). Fold in the whipped cream cheese. Serve hot.

Variations: You can substitute cream (Mexican soft cheese) or sour cream for the cream cheese. You can also add cheddar, or even goat cheese depending upon your preferences. For a real treat serve with crispy bacon on top. For the adventurous try mixing in a chopped Habenero or Jalapeño Chile.

Caution: Do not attempt to eat all of these potatoes yourself in one sitting. Don’t even think about it.

Accompaniment: Cajun breaded pork loin strips and hot buttered steamed fresh string beans.

Recommended beverage: EOS Paso Robles Valley Zinfandel

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