Spring 2018


green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana

Do you know the difference between marijuana and hemp? While both hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, hemp is not marijuana and hemp cannot get you high. Hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. If you are able to smoke it and it actually gets you high, then technically it is called marijuana. Otherwise, it is hemp or industrial hemp. Period. In spite of these differences, our political leaders grouped ALL cannabis species as a Schedule I Drug and banned it in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp was made illegal to grow in the US and classified as a drug even though it doesn’t include any of the chemicals that make marijuana a drug. Learn more about the legality of hemp in the United States.

Hemp is a durable crop that grows in a variety of climates and soil types. Hemp’s versatility and strength makes it perfect for a variety of uses including clothing, biofuels, plastics, personal care, construction materials, feed and food. Economic experts predict a multi-billion dollar U.S. hemp industry by 2020. Hmm, maybe that’s why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (see below) introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 on the Senate Floor… (And maybe why Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of a cannabis company, after firmly opposing all cannabis reform while in office?) The proposed legislation would fully legalize hemp, remove it from the Controlled Substances Act, and provide clarity on hemp-derived products in the marketplace.

Throughout the 1700-1800s, cannabis was used as a primary source for our livelihood. That all changed in the early 1900s with wide-spread, propaganda campaigns. Read more: How History Turned On Cannabis and check out a gallery of more, ridiculous, anti-marijuana propaganda ads from the early 20th Century.


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Medical Marijuana in The News


Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

Hemp Farming Act of 2018. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act of 2018 aims to establish hemp as an agricultural commodity, protect state regimes, add crop insurance, and bolster research. And right off the bat, the bill quashes questions about whether those hemp-derived CBD-rich extracts are indeed legal…” Read more…

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of a cannabis company, after firmly opposing all cannabis reform while in office. “Boehner has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, a New York City-based canna-business running cultivation, dispensary, and processing operations in 11 states. Also joining the company’s board of advisors is former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who has more recently served as a board member for a tobacco company. Boehner’s career change is especially shocking considering that the former Congressman said he was “unalterably opposed” to cannabis decriminalization less than a decade ago. In 2011, during his first term as Speaker, Boehner wrote that he was against the “legalization of marijuana” and “concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs,” NORML reports. Even as recently as 2015, Boehner still publicly spoke out against legal weed.” Read more…

Binge Drinking Is On the Decline in States with Legal MJ. a new study found that states with legal access to recreational cannabis have seen a significant decrease in heavy drinking. “Earlier this year, officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report detailing a worrying spike in heavy drinking across the country, with 1 in 6 Americans, or 37 million people, consuming more than five drinks within two hours time at least once a week… According to a new report from the financial research firm Cowen & Company, states with comprehensive legal marijuana industries are also home to significantly lower rates of binge drinking, despite an otherwise national trend towards increasingly dangerous alcohol consumption.” Read more…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Do You Know The New York MMJ New Regulations?

We want to make sure that you know about the recent updates to NYS MMJ Rules and Regulations and how they affect you. Be advised that it is the diligence of organizations and people like you who stay on top of elected officials to improve MMJ. So, keep up the good work and if you’re not involved, get to it! Resources to contact your elected officials and make your voice heard are above.

In effect as of December 27, 2017, the New York State Department has accorded new regulations to improve the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for patients, practitioners and registered organizations. The new regulations provide:

  • improved experiences for patients and visitors at dispensing facilities5 new registered organizations are authorized to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana;
  • improvements for the department to approve new courses that will allow prospective practitioners to complete their training in a shorter amount of time;
    • DocTommy.comnurse practitioners and physician assistants are now permitted to certify patients — and… drumroll…
  • the sale of additional medical marijuana products “including topicals such as ointments, lotions and patches; solid and semi-solid products, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges; and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.” (Source: eaglenewsonline)
    • Home delivery of MMJ is now permitted!

Hurray! Don’t forget to thank Senators Chuck Schumer, Kristine Gillebrand and your local representatives for listening and doing their jobs to secure and enhance our healthcare needs!

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The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.” Hmmm, just who are these experts? It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

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Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!

Current Office Special

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer new people who become active patients!

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Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.