Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Some 50,000 Californians have obtained doctors' approvals to use cannabis since Prop 215 made it legal in November, 1996...Doctors who have approved cannabis use by their patients fall into three broad categories: 1) Willing specialists...2) Willing general practitioners...and 3) Cannabis specialists, who recognize its versatility, are convinced of its relative benignity, and keep abreast of the literature with respect to mechanism-of-action, clinical trials in Europe, etc. CCRMG members are in this subset. Collectively, they have issued most of the estimated 50,000 approvals granted to date."
"Statement of Purpose," O'Shaughnessy's website (accessed Dec. 2, 2005)
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"Journal of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group. The California Cannabis Research Medical Group [CCRMG] was founded by Tod Mikuriya, MD, to enable doctors who have been monitoring their patients cannabis use to share data and observations. Cannabis is not a conventional medicine at this time, and O'Shaugnessy's, published by the CCRMG, is not starting out as a conventional journal."
"Our primary goals are the same as the stated goals of any reputable scientific publication: to bring out findings that are accurate, duplicable, and useful to the community at large. But in order to do this, we have to pursue parallel goals such as removing the impediments to clinical research created by Prohibition, and educating our colleagues, co-workers and patients as we educate ourselves about the medical uses of cannabis."