Archive of Month: February 2016

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FAMILY DOCTOR JOURNAL: TRANSITIONS BY DR. STEPHEN DAHMER

Transitions by Stephen Dahmer Family Doctor: A Journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians My dedication to family medicine is rooted in responding to the needs of others while integrating a breadth of expertise. Life experiences, as well as professional experience, offer learning opportunities that we can apply to the myriad of situations challenging us when we care for others. My medical education has involved global travel studying phytopharmaceuticals in Palau, population health in New Zealand, and medical anthropology, ethnobotany and clinical medicine in Brazil. These experiences always led me back to the same main focus: direct patient care. Until very recently, I never thought I would do anything but direct patient care. However, after more than a decade of growing personal frustration with primary care, I experienced what is ubiquitous in our profession – a term I coined “The Hilfiker effect”.1-5, 40 With increasing peripheral demands, the obvious question resonated louder and louder: how much am I truly helping my patients? Despite being open to a major change in my career, when Vireo Health of New York offered me the position of Chief Medical Officer, I struggled with making that decision. Vireo is one of five registered organizations awarded a license for growing, producing and dispensing medical cannabis in New York State following the enactment of the Compassionate Care Act. While my personal approach to medicine has always been considered integrative, assuming a full-time role as a “weed doc” carried far more professional risk. I carefully thought through possible downsides: potential for patient harm, loss of my DEA license, federal imprisonment, decreased clinical acumen, career suicide, and the bias that comes when associating with an outlawed-cum-decriminalized industry. I also began to research medical cannabis, which opened up a world to me that did not exist in medical school or in any other area of my career. In society, there has been a dramatic shift in both attitudes and momentum regarding medical cannabis.14,16,17 I am specifically referring to medical cannabis – the use of cannabis, including constituents of cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids, as a physician-recommended form of medicine. The 5,000 year history of the 36 million year old cannabis plant’s use as medicine is well documented.36-38 Attitudes toward cannabis have shifted following the discovery and growth of research exploring the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis chemical constituents influence multiple human physiological processes including appetite, regulation of mood...

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WBNG-TV: MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OPENS IN JC

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vireo Health of New York opened its doors at noon Thursday in Johnson City. The medical cannabis dispensary will have three different forms of treatment...

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TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS: SOUTHERN TIER’S FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OPENS IN JOHNSON CITY

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Almost 18 months after the passing of the Compassionate Care Act, Southern Tier’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Johnson City. “We’re selling pharmaceutical grade cannabis...

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PRESS & SUN BULLETIN: MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OPENS IN JOHNSON CITY

The state’s long-awaited and protracted medicinal cannabis rollout reached Broome County on Thursday, as Vireo Health of New York cut the ribbon on its medical marijuana dispensary in Johnson City....

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