The island of Manhattan has hundreds of stores selling alcohol and tobacco products and pharmacies offering prescription drugs, not to mention hot spots where illicit drugs are peddled.
And it has exactly one medical marijuana dispensary.
A group of physicians believes this fact exemplifies the hypocrisy and deleterious consequences of policies on cannabis from Manhattan to Hawaii. "It's very clear to us," said Julie Holland, MD, "that the drug laws don't make any sense."
Now they are collectively doing something about it. Doctors for Cannabis Regulation launched in 2015 to advocate against cannabis prohibition and for the plant's regulation, espousing its medicinal value and recognizing that its recreational attraction to some is not going to disappear.
Read the article at MedPage Today.
Julie Holland, MD, is the editor of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis. She was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine from 1995 to 2012. Dr. Holland attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in the Biological Basis of Behavior, and earned her medical degree from Temple University. Dr. Holland runs a private practice in psychopharmacology in Manhattan and provides forensic consultations in drug-related legal cases.