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The Summer Fun Issue!


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 Office Special – Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!


Doc Tommy Joined a Panel of MMJ Experts for Etain Patient Education Event Hosted By Women Grow NYC

Doc Tommy speaks at The Science of Cannabis as MedicineEtain, NY States ONLY Women-Owned dispensary, and Women Grow NYC sponsored a FREE patient education event to educate the consumer about the Science of Cannabis as Medicine. Doc Tommy was one of the industry expert, medical professionals who joined the discussion on the science of cannabis as a medicine.

The discussion event was well-received with an attendance of approximately 75 people.  Doc Tommy spoke for about 30 minutes followed by a Q&A session. See more about this event here.

Summer Comforts

DocTommy.comWe hope you are enjoying your summer! Here are a few tips to continue your fun.

  Review our tips for spending more time outdoorsHydrate; Protect yourself in the sun with sunscreen; Make Healthy Food Choices; Get Moving; and Be Safe. Be Prepared with guidelines from The American College of Emergency Physicians.

  • See our Sun Safety Tips for best times to enjoy the sun and choosing the right sunscreen.
  • Being outdoors more also exposes you to more irritants which can cause allergic responses and even contribute to catching the dreaded, summer cold…  See Cold, Flu, or Allergy?
  • Check out our article on Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Soap Considerations.

  Attend to Your Feet.  Take a look at our feature on The Importance of Foot Care with recipes for foot soaks, how-to massage info, and other resources about foot health.

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Caring for your feet is paramount because your entire body rests on them! Did you know that your feet have more than 50 bones (which is approximately one-fourth of all the bones in your body), more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? That’s quite a bit contained in such small packages!  Check out the reflexology chart that shows the areas of the feet that correspond to ALL parts of your body!  More info…

Will a Medical Marijuana Card Show Up on a Background Check?

DocTommy.com“The simple answer to this question is no. Because you only have a medical marijuana card on the recommendation of your doctor, it is therefore considered to be part of your private medical history. All data relating to a US citizen’s health records are protected under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which means the data is not in the public domain and so should not be picked up by a background check…. It should be noted that the card itself is issued by the state and is not formally protected under HIPPA. However, it is given special protections because of the implied knowledge of your health records that it could give. As a result, state officials are not permitted to access information about it or to pass any details about it on to third parties. No personal data (such as your social security number) is attached to your card either. Even the marijuana dispensary you use can only check whether your card is valid or not. It is therefore pretty much impossible for your card to show up on any background check.”  (Source: Addictive Tips) Read How to Be Sure Your Medical Marijuana Card Doesn’t Show up on a Background Check and Best Background Checking Sites to See if Your Medical Marijuana Card Shows up and more…  

Our Resources Page

Have you seen our Resource Page? We regularly add links to information, tips, products, and more to support the MMJ community. Check out our new additions!

“Feel Good” News!

Have you heard about Enedina Stanger?  She is an amazing, living-proof-advocate of the benefits of Medical Marijuana! She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) (a group of disorders that affect connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and many other organs and tissues), a painful disorder that cause Enedina’s bones to slip out of place. The world was first introduced to Mrs. Stanger and her condition when her husband competed on American Ninja Warrior in 2015 while she sat on the sidelines in a wheelchair, unable to walk and with a limited, life expectancy.  Over the last 3 years, we have seen Enedina become a MMJ advocate and actually walk and stand on the sidelines during her husband’s ANW course run!  In an ANW episode that aired July 9, 2018, Enedina Stanger made her first run on the course!!!

“Enedina is not afraid to talk about her use of medical cannabis. ‘The United States is still in the ‘cannabis closet’ she explains. ‘We need to talk more about why it works.’ Initially starting the conversation with family and friends, she is now a local cannabis educator as well as a national advocate. ‘We shouldn’t be afraid of speaking to our doctors about treatment we need. If something will help, don’t take no for an answer.'” (source: The Invisible Project)

Read more of Enedina Stanger’s incredible and inspirational story (check out the links at the bottom of the article) and celebrate her healing as you watch the video of her ANW run below!


 For info on how to talk to people about MMJ, check out Doc Tommy’s short video and tips.

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 current, federal administration and its choices for its officers.

EMERGENCY REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: New York State Department of Health Announces Opioid Replacement Now a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana. 

“Effective immediately, registered practitioners may certify patients to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids, provided that the precise underlying condition for which an opioid would otherwise be prescribed is stated on the patient’s certification. This allows patients with severe pain that doesn’t meet the definition of chronic pain to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids. In addition, the regulation adds opioid use disorder as an associated condition. This allows patients with opioid use disorder who are enrolled in a certified treatment program to use medical marijuana as an opioid replacement.” Source: NYS Department of Health Press Release

U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition.  The U.S. Senate passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes provisions to legalize hemp (cannabis’ non-psychoactive cousin) for the first time since the 1930s.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) initially sponsored a standalone, legislation to legalize hemp , provisions for which are included in the larger Farm Bill and also makes hemp plants eligible for crop insurance.    Read more…

POLICING: Colorado Schools Are Using THC Test Strips to Find Out What Students Are Vaping. “Particularly in states with legal cannabis, schools have tried a variety of methods to prevent student vaping. Vape pens intended for nicotine are nearly indistinguishable from vapes designed for marijuana, meaning law enforcers often can’t tell what someone is vaping.  Administrators at Yampah Mountain High School in Colorado are employing a newly-developed cannabis detection S2 test strip, allowing educators to find out what students are vaping without police intervention.  Prior to using the S2 test strips, the school administrator would call police to have potential pot products tested.  FYI, police departments have also begun to use these strips to test for cannabis and may use them to crack down on people having a puff on the street.  Read more…

Lagunitas Debuts Hops Cannabis-Infused Sparkling Water.  Lagunitas, a Califonia craft brewery, debuts the first product released by a major brewery in a state-legal cannabis market.  The THC-infused beverage, an IPA-flavored seltzer water called Hi-Fi Hops comes in two varieties: a 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD infusion and another with 10mg of THC and no CBD, for a stronger buzz. “We’ve often dreamed of hops and their cannabis cousin partying together at the family reunion. We wanted to bring this party to life in a beverage. It’s high-time that good beer inspired a provocative, yet refreshing non-alcoholic alternative. With a smidge of California sun-grown cannabis in every sip.” — Jeremy Marshall, Brewmonster, The Lagunitas Brewing Company  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

 Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

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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.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

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Doc Tommy’s 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.

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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

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!

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.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.

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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.