SCC founder Tod Mikuriya, MD, envisioned a journal in which clinicians monitoring cannabis use by patients could share findings and observations and be kept up-to-date on relevant scientific, political and legal developments. “A cross between a medical journal and a defense committee leaflet” is how he described it in recruiting me —a former editor of Scientific American and press secretary for the District Attorney of San Francisco— to be managing editor.

Tod’s business plan was simple: SCC doctors would buy the paper and distribute it free to patients as payback for all that patients had taught them about cannabis as medicine. We published seven issues of O’Shaughnessy’s before Tod’s death in 2007; and seven have been brought out since.

It was not a profitable business plan, but we compiled a vital and thorough history of the medical marijuana movement, rich in primary and secondary sources.

If you’re new to the field, there’s no better way to to learn how we got here .

-Fred Gardner

Essential Reading for the Cannabis Clinician

Winter 2018/2019 Print Edition includes:
Dustin Sulak: Cannabis as an alternative to opioids
Fred Gardner: SCC Spares California from FSMB Guidelines
Jeffrey Hergenrather: Cannabis Clinicians in the Legalization Era
Jeffrey Hergenrather: Grand Rounds at St. Rose
FG: FDA Approval of Epidiolex
Melanie Dreher on studying ganja-using moms in Jamaica
Cristina Sanchez: Phytocannabinoids as antitumor tools
FG: Tod Mikuriya, Raphael Mechoulam, and the Value of Clinical Evidence
Paul Armentano: Pattern of Protective Effects Emerges in Studies
Deborah Caldwell: The Making of a Topical and Plight of the Artisan
Mel Frank: The Cannabis female flower
Jack McCue: Evidence-Based Medicine vs Medical Cannabis
FG on the National Academy of Sciences Report and ‘Cannabis Use Disorder’
Dale Gieringer on the future of Medical Cannabis Research
Linda Jackson/David Hadorn The Original Cannabis Telemedicine Practice
Pat McCartney —The Reporter Who Exposed The Plot Against Proposition 215
Pebbles Trippet’s Achievement; Acknowledgment for Jeff Jones
Lynn Barnes/FG Farewell to Dennis Peron Plus Correspondence & Commentary
..and more

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After Proposition 215 legalized cannabis for medical use in California in 1996, I was in close touch with Dr. Tod Mikuriya. We talked and emailed almost daily about every aspect of the movement—science, politics, law, history, clinical encounters, personalities, you name it. We lamented the refusal of the entrenched political bureaucracy to implement the law enacted by the voters. We both saw Big PhRMA as the ultimate sponsor of the War on Drugs.

Notes to the SCC is a continuation of my end of the conversation with Tod.