Sunday, August 31, 2008

3 Things Money Can't Buy

Dr. Frank Lucido's Bully Pulpit: Everyone's Entitled to My Opinion

"Three things money can't buy":

First you may have heard the joke/riddle:
There are 2 things money can't buy:
True love.......and home-grown tomatoes.

There may be a third thing...

On August 25, 2008, California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued:
“Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use”
While apparently giving more protection to individual patients and caregiver/collectives, especially the less profitable and presumably more altruistic, it does promote a touch of "forced socialism."

(Americans for Safe Access comments on these guidelines at:

As I say in my July 2007 newsletter
“BLESSED ARE THE CAREGIVERS for the risk they take to help suffering patients.”

But it seems like small collectives/caregivers will be safer;
And bigger dispensaries, especially those that can be portrayed as greedy, whether true or not, will be more vulnerable.

As I opine in my article “The Victory of Raich”:

“Individual patients, who grow a few plants, are unlikely to be bothered by the Federal government, if one can believe the Solicitor General’s statement to the Supreme Court on November 29, 2004...
...Least protected will be the larger dispensaries/growers, those most visible, and those with the loosest standards or business ethics. Those who can be easily accused of “profiteering,” whether true or not, are perhaps the most vulnerable.”

California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996 is standing the test of time.

But almost 12 years later, safe and legal access still isn't always available for many patients. Patients need more access and less fear. And ultimately, the medicine needs to be more affordable.

It seems these guidelines allow patient collectives to grow and share the fruits of their common labor, and give away their extra to other patients in their groups who need it.

Someday we may be able to say:
There are 3 things money can’t buy.
True love, home-grown tomatoes,
...and “home-grown.”

Frank H. Lucido MD
Family Practice since 1979
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At August 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for entitling me to your opinion. I appreciate you thoughtful writing.
Craig X


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