End of Summer News!


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.

  And Check out our NEW Office Special – Refer 2 Friends and Get A FREE Follow-up!

  This issue contains time-sensitive, calls to action that concern your future! Read below.


Doc Tommy In The News

Doc Tommy and Jazz gave free, blood-pressure screenings at Copa Univision’s Soccer Tournament 2017 held on Randall’s Island on August 27th and 28th.   Radio personality, Coco Cabrera, got a screening on live TV!  What a wonderful way to encourage and support people in the community and to be an example of maintaining healthy habits for the younger generations! (Please wait while video loads.)

Me prueba de la presión arterial,por la gente de Metroplus#copaunivision2017

Posted by Coco Cabrera Live on Saturday, August 26, 2017


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.

 See below that the FDA Declares CBD “Beneficial,” Wants Your Input ASAP.

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.


The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) has introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (read and keep track of the bill’s progress  here) which aims to end federal prohibition of cannabis and examines how prohibition could affect both government and individuals if it continues.

Why is this bill important to you?  The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties…  Read more.

The bill would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana possession; (4) allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related violations to petition the court for re-sentencing; (5) and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.

For more information on New York State’s Marijuana laws and penalties, news, and legislation issues, peruse NORML’s website where you can also find resources for other states, a variety of information, and lawyers.

 FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

UPDATE 9/7/17: Read one of our patient’s submissions for inspiration.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization (overseen by The United Nations) concerning how 17 substances including cannabidiol (CBD) should be designated under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances.  The FDA announced in the FederalRegister.gov that it is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

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“In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders.” (Source: Leafly)

  • NOTE: Your Medical Marijuana (MMJ) prescription is a combination of CBD and THC (more info here) which makes you the perfect candidate for this survey.
  • The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and no submissions thereafter will be considered.
  • There are 2 ways to participate: online via the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by written submission.  BE ADVISED: “If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).”

By the way, “cannabidiol is defined by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I controlled substance, despite:

  • Its therapeutic properties and lack of abuse potential, despite the safety trials which have determined the substance to be non-toxic and well-tolerated in human subjects
  • Seventeen states explicitly recognizing by state-law that CBD as a therapeutic agent
  • The head of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse publically acknowledging that CBD is ‘a safe drug with no addictive effects.’”  (Source: NORML)

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.

The World’s First Cannabis Genetic Test Can Tell You How Your Body Will React to Marijuana.  What if a test could tell you that you may have a negative reaction to marijuana before you tried it? The world’s first cannabis genetic test will be available within the next month, offered by Canadian company, AnantLife, which specializes in genetic testing and counseling for a variety of medical conditions. The test can identify genetic “markers” in your DNA that could indicate a higher probability toward adverse reactions from cannabis use.  Best part is that you can easily perform this test in your own home!

Anantlife’s genetic testing laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), the gold standards of medical testing certifications. Any test with these two endorsements has been cleared by medical professionals, and any data collected by these certified tests are considered legit by government, university, and hospital researchers in both the US and Canada.

New York City Taxi Driver Wins Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case.  Another victory for medical marijuana patients! In July, the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) revoked a taxi driver’s TLC Driver License, which every NYC taxi driver is required to have, because he tested positive for marijuana.  New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings (“OATH”) has issued a report and recommendation to reverse an adverse action taken by the TLC against a lawful medical marijuana user and has ruled that a taxi driver cannot have his license revoked for using medical cannabis.  The New York Compassionate Care Act states that certified patients cannot be subject to penalties or denied any rights or privileges solely due to their medical cannabis use because (1) patient certification is analogous to a prescription and cannot be considered illegal drug use, and (2) certified patients are deemed to have a disability under the New York State Human Rights Law.

red-arrow-icon Read more, 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

Let’s get it straight…THC vs CBD via greencamp.com

Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.

Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

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

Current Office Special

NEW: Refer 2 Friends and Receive a FREE Follow-Up Visit

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 2 people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

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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.