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Medical marijuana teach-in set for Thursday

Submitted by on 1, April 1, 2009 – 6:45 amNo Comment

The College of Alameda will host a teach-in titled “Marijuana as Medicine: The Science and The Law” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the student lounge, Building F. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather, president of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, will talk about what scientists know about how and why compounds in cannabis relieve a wide range of maladies. In private practice, the Sebastopol physician has monitored cannabis use in more than 1,700 patients.

Robert Raich, an attorney who was active in the campaign to pass Proposition 215, the state’s medical marijuana law, plus legislation to implement it, will talk about political and legal issues currently facing the medical marijuana movement.

Fred Gardner said his decision to organize the teach-in was spurred in part by hearing a member of the city council say there are no published studies on the efficacy of marijuana as medicine (Gardner says there are). He said his goal here is educational.

He said Raich, by the way, is representing the owner of the Purple Elephant medical marijuana dispensary on Webster Street, whose business licence the city wants to revoke. The city decided to revoke the license both in an initial decision and on appeal. An appeal to the full city council is pending, and could happen in mid-May or early June.

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