Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dr.Frank Lucido voted Best of East Bay; Women's Visionary Congress,July 29-31,Petaluma

Dr.Frank Lucido voted Best of East Bay; Women's Visionary Congress,July 29-31,Petaluma

Dr Frank Lucido, Best Cannabis Physician,
Best of the East Bay Express for the 2nd time in 3 years!!
FULL TEXT from this week's East Bay Express, (July 20-26, 2011 issue, page 42) at end of this email....

New Primary Care Patient Special: now extended until October, 2011
Since we have had much success with our New Patient Special we have decided to extend the special until October. Please remember that the best compliment you can provide me is a referral. Here is the link to the special:
NOTE: our Primary Care patients also get a steep reduction in their Medical Cannabis Evaluation fee.
Your Family Doctor in Berkeley since 1979!

July 29-31, 2011:
Women's Visionary Congress, (5th Annual) to register
Check out the speakers list:
Location: IONS Reteat Center, Petaluma CA
Don't miss this: I'm attending again!

August 6, 2011, Saturday, 3:00-4:30PM
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) lecture at the Berkeley Public Library.
Berkeley Public Library Meeting Room
2090 Kittredge St.. Berkeley, Ca,
(enter on Kittredge St, then take elevator to Community Meeting Room on 3rd floor)
No admission charge

August 19-21, 2011
Seattle Hempfest
I've been a speaker at this event since 2005, but may not make it this year due to finances.
Looking for a sponsor for my expenses.

Best of the East Bay Express:
Dr Frank Lucido, Best Cannabis Physician
2300 Durant Ave, Berkeley, 510-848-0958
East Bay Express July 20-26, 2011, page 42:
"When a Winnebago pulls up in front of the Cow Palace in San Francisco on a sunny Saturday and unfurls a sign advertising "$45 medical marijuana recommendations or your money back," it's easy to see why some call the state's medical marijuana laws farcical. Sure, pot's less toxic than aspirin and 90 percent of presenting patients are "self-medicating" anyway. And, sure, almost none complain to the state medical board. But in an overweight country with skyrocketing health liabilities, there's something unseemly about a five-minute "doctor visit" that that requires no medical records. What if something was actually wrong with you? Berkeley family practitioner Dr. Frank Lucido is a rare specimen: the diligent physician who understands weed. Serving the East Bay since the 1970s, Lucido will recommend marijuana to qualified patients, but in a more professional process. Serious cannabis specialists like Lucido catch serious things, like, in one case, a lingering fatigue that's actually early thyroid cancer. An activist for both medical marijuana patients and physician rights, Dr. Lucido fights in court and in the press to normalize the maligned herbal remedy. So when your aging parent eventually needs some killer arthritis cream, it needn't involve Winnebagos."

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Dr Frank Lucido's Blog: PotShots from the Bully Pulpit: Everyone’s Entitled to My Opinion

Medical Cannabis has been legal under state law in California since passage of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ("Prop 215" or California Health & Safety Code 11362.5) under a certain conditions.
Unfortunately, it is still illegal even for legitimate patients, under Federal law (Gonzales v Raich Supreme Court case).

Physicians making appropriate recommendations, are also protected under State law, when acting appropriately.
Furthermore, physicians are also protected Federally by Conant v McCaffrey (Federal District Court) and Conant v Walters (Federal Appellate Court) as long as they do not aid and abet a patient in breaking Federal Law. On further appeal by the Federal government, the Supreme Court declined to take the case. Therefore, physicians are the ONLY ones protected all the way to the Supreme Court, as long as they do not "aid and abet" a patient in breaking Federal law.

The purpose of this blog is to discuss for patients, physicians, caregivers and other patients advocates, who, in my experience, is most protected, and under what circumstances, and to discuss to what extent the inability of the State of California to regulate cannabis (due to Federal threats and interference) has led to the "wild west" atmosphere that the newspapers love to write about (you know: "Man bites dog" will always sell more papers than "Dog bites man".)

This is my effort to "clean up Dodge". I know I am not alone in this. There are good physicians, good caregivers, and lots of sick patients. I aim to let people know how to spot the good, and avoid the others.