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CALIFORNIA MEDICAL CANNABIS SPECIALISTS

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The following licensed California physicians are available for consultation as medical cannabis specialists. Patients should have a documented medical record of diagnosis and treatment or a physician referral.

CAUTION: Some commercial clinics have been issuing recommendations through physician's assistants rather than directly through M.D.s. The legality of this procedure has been challenged by law enforcement. If your recommendation has not been issued by a licensed M.D. in person, it may not hold up in court. Patients are advised to check and make sure they are seeing a real M.D., not just an assistant.

Patients should be aware that the state medical board has investigated a number of Prop. 215 physicians on account of complaints by law enforcement that they are overly lax in issuing recommendations. Patients should not assume that a single casual recommendation will automatically guarantee them immunity from potential criminal charges. It is important that you establish a record of regular professional care for your illness.

 

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Northern California

  •     Dr. Roger Stephen Ellis, San Francisco Cal.:   Phone (415) 681-0823 www.PotDoc.com
  •     Dr. Frank Lucido, Berkeley Cal.:   Phone (510) 848-0958 www.drlucido.com, www.medboardwatch.com
  •     Dr. Gene Schoenfeld, Sausalito, CA: Phone (415) 331-6832
  •     The Mikuriya Medical Practice, El Cerrito/Berkeley: Phone (510) 525-1278 www.mikuriya.com.
  •     Dr. Hanya Barth / Compassionate Health Options 1-877-PROP215 - San Francisco (415) 255-1200; Santa Rosa (707) 568-0420; Colfax (530) 210-4450; Oakland (510) 465-0420; Truckee (530) 550-8866. compassionatehealthoptions.com
  •     Dr. Ruben Ruiz, 2460 Mission St. #220, San Francisco (415) 550-0822.
  •     Norcal Healthcare (Dr. Hany Assad), 1504 Franklin St #101, lower level, Oakland ; 527 S. State St. Ukiah (707) 468-7400 and 4677 Valley West Blvd. Arcata (707) 822-5244 [Note: Some counties do not accept recommendations from Dr. Assad for the state ID card program ] (510) 839-0723, Open M-SA 10-4 www.norcalhealthcare.org.
  •     Natural Remedies Health Center (Dr. Tom O'Connell) 2141 Broadway #8, Oakland (510) 444-5771 www.doctortom.org
  •     Rainbow Cannabis (Dr. Stewart Blandon) Alameda by appointment only (877) 675-8276 www.cannabisdoc.com
  •    Dr. Sona Patel, 129 Fillmore St, San Francisco (888) 4DOC420 (436-2420). Hours M-F 10-7, Sa 10-3. www.doc420.com
  •     Dr. Rita Thakur, 615 S. Main St #6, Milpitas (408) 262-3412.
  •     Dr. William R. Turnipseed, Citrus Heights - Sacto:   Phone (916) 722-3433
  •     Dr. Marion "Mollie" P. Fry, California Medical Research Center (office in Cool, El Dorado Co, CA). www.cannabisdoctor.com Phone 1-866-4-DocFry
  •     Dr. William Toy, Grass Valley (Nevada Co.): Phone (530) 273-5690
  •     Dr. Stephen Banister, 1117 E Main St #C, Grass Valley (530) 274-2274
  •     Dr. Jeff Hergenrather, Sebastopol (Sonoma Co.): Phone (707) 484-7720
  •     Dr. William Courtney, 316 Main St. Willits (707) 456-0420.
  •     Dr. Raymond Rowell, Livermore (925) 443-3232 www.lpcma215.com
  •     Dr. Philip Denney and Robert Sullivan:
    • 1522 Charles Dr, Redding (530) 242-6784,
    • 4709 Engle Rd#5, Carmichael (Sac'to County) (916) 978-9777
  •     Medicann (Dr. Jean Talleyrand) (Modesto, Oakland, SF, Santa Cruz, Sacto, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Ukiah ) 866-632-6627 www.medicannusa.com
  •     Dr Randolph Clarke, 3436 Hillcrest Ave #200, Antioch - Contra Costa (925) 777-0477.
  •     Weyland Consultation Services (Dr. Toni Daniels), 2930 Camino Diablo #110, Walnut Creek Walnut Creek - Contra Costa (925) 945-7816
  •     Dr Ron Kennedy, 2448 Guerneville Rd. #800, Santa Rosa (707) 576-0100. nexus@sonic.net - www.medical-library.net
  •  Natural Care for Wellness (Dr. Cristal Dawn Speller), 1249 Mangrove Ave., Chico (888) 420-NATURAL (420-6288). naturalcare4wellness.com

    Central California

  •   Dr. Thomas Sazani, 149 S. 1st St. #C, Orcutt (Santa Maria) (805) 938-3151
  •   Dr. Wallace Marsh, 415 E. Ocean Ave, Lompoc (805) 588-3145.
  •   Medical Cannabis of Fresno ( Dr Terrill E. Brown) (559) 498-3393.
  •   Dr. Daniel Brubaker, 3724 North First St., Fresno (559) 248-0117.

 

    Southern California

 

  • Madison Burbank Medical Center (Dr. McBeth) 678 S. Indian Hill Blvd #302, Claremont (909) 626-9131.
  •    Natural Care for Wellness (Dr. Cristal Dawn Speller). Toll Free (888) 420-NATURAL (420-6288). Locations in: Ventura/Santa Barbara/ShermanOaks/Woodland Hills/Glendale/Chico naturalcare4wellness.com
  •   Dr. Jan Olaf Larsson, 18065 Ventura Blvd, Encino (310) 770-7074.
  •   Dr. William Eidelman, 1654 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 463-3295 www.dreidelman.com
  •    CC for Wellness: 1- 877-CCW-4201 www.cc4wellness.com
  •    Dr. James Eisenberg, Santa Monica 877-468-5874
  •    Dr. Christine Paoletti, 1304-15th St #405, Santa Monica 310-319-6116 www.cannadvise.com
  •    Dr. Vivi Stafford Mathur, 6051 San Vicente, Los Angeles (323) 954-9162
  •    Dr. Dean Weiss, 122 S. Lincoln Blvd #205, Venice (310) 437-3407
  •    Dr. Wesley Albert, 1605 W. Olympic Blvd #9040, Los Angeles (213) 477-4186
  •    The Holistic Clinic (Dr. Daniel Cham) 1700 Westwood Blvd. #201, Los Angeles (888) 420-2546 www.my420clinic.com Sat. 12pm-4pm; and 11454 Whittier Blvd, Whittier Tu-Th 4pm-7:30PM.
  •    Dr. Anna Gravich, 425 S. Fairfax Ave. #302, Los Angeles (323) 954-0231. www.myspace.com/cannabisdoctor
  •    Dr. Sona Patel, 5419 Sunset Blvd #222, Los Angeles (888) 4DOC420 (436-2420). Hours M-F 10-7, Sa 10-3. www.doc420.com
  •    Medical Cannabis Consultant (Dr. Anjana S. Sura) 1336 W. Whittier Blvd #B, Montebello. (323) 725-9300 Hours: M-Th 11:30-5:30.
  •    Aldridge Medical Inc (Dr. Shawn Aldridge), 4849 Van Nuys Blvd #204, Sherman Oaks (818) 386-1273. Open Tues. thru Sat.
  •    Dr. Jan Olaf Larsson, 8349 Reseda Blvd #F, Northridge (818) 701-0420 www.westcoastevaluations.com
  •    Dr. Craig S. Cohen, 462 N. Linden Dr. #247, Beverly Hills (323) 939-2248 www.craigcohenMD.com
  •     Dr. Jaafar Bermani, 249 E. Ocean Blvd #220 Long Beach (562) 983-6870
  •     Dr. Eve H. Elting, Sherman Oaks (626) 695-0475 by appointment. www.eveeltingmd.com
  •     THC M.D. Inc. (Dr. Norton Abramson), 13701 Riverside Dr #608, Sherman Oaks (877) THC-MD44 / (818) 981-6331 www.thcmd.com
  •    Greenbridge Medical Services (Dr. Allan Frankel), 3007 Washington Blvd. Marina Del Rey (310) 821-9600 Greenbridgemed.com.  
  •   Dr. Claudia Jensen, 8 N. Fir St Ventura; and 34281 Doheny Park Rd 7538 Capistrano Beach (805) 648-LOVE (5683) *** DECEASED Sep. 15, 2007.
  •     Dr. Denney, Dr Sullivan & Dr. Michael Gitter, 22691 Lambert St, Lake  Forest, Orange County (949) 855-8845
  •    Dr. Robert Sterner, San Diego: Phone (619) 543-1061
  •    Dr Alfonso Jimenez 1-888-215-HERB www.1888215HERB.com
          1700 Westwood Blvd #201, Los Angeles 1-888-215-HERB by appt.
          28 Monarch Bay Plaza #L Dana Point 1-888-215-HERB by appt.
          320 K St. San Diego 1-888-215-HERB by appt.
          91-896 Makule Rd #102 Ewa Beach Honolulu, Hawaii 1-888-215-HERB by appt.
  •    Dr. Joseph Altamirano, Orange County (949) 551-6447
  •    Marimed Clinic (Dr. Carrie Nichols, Dr. Dan Le) 17910 Sky Park Cir. #108, Irvine (714) 756-0773 www.mymedicalmarijuana.biz
  •    Dr. Kenneth Johnson, MediMAR Clinic, www.medimarclinic.com
    • 2667 Camino Del Rio, South #315, San Diego (619) 297-3800
    • 643 S. Olive St. Los Angeles 213.623 8330
    • 11318 W. Pico, Los Angeles 888.623.8330
  •    Cal. Green Consultants (Dr. Joseph Durante), 1760 Cameron Ave #100, West Covina (626) 476-3000.
  •    Blue Mountain Medical (Dr. Stuart Kramer), 19730 Ventura Blvd #104, Woodland Hills by appointment only - (818) 716-5179
  •    Norcal Health Care (Dr. Hany Assad), 2808 F St. #D, Bakersfield (661) 322-4258
  •    Medicann 866-632-6627 www.medicannusa.com.
    • Elizabeth Harrington, 1107 Greenacre Ave, West Hollywood 866-632-6627
    • Austin Elguindy, 21712 Devonshire St, Chatsworth 866-632-6627
    • Austin Elguindy, 4295 Genser St. #1B San Diego 866-632-6627
  •     Alternative Care Consultants: www.accsocal.com(866) 420-7215
    • Dr. Robert Cohen, 6333 Wilshire Blvd #209, Los Angeles (866) 420-7215
    • Dr Harvey Pollack 4452 Park Blvd #314 San Diego (866) 420-7215 and 4201 Long Beach Blvd #410 Long Beach(866) 420-7215
    • Dr. Michael Solomon 1733 N. Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs (866) 420-7215

Colorado

  • Cannabis-THC Foundation - 4485 Wadsworth Suite 302 Wheatridge, CO. Contact: Scott 303-403-9996
  • Patients' info: www.sensiblecolorado.org (720) 890-4247

Hawaii

Nevada

New Mexico

  • Dr. Eve Elting (505) 740-4574.

Oregon

Washington State

 

 

FROM THE MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA

On November 5, 1996, the people of California passed Proposition 215. Through this Initiative Measure, Section 11362.5 was added to the Health & Safety Code, and is also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. The purposes of the Act include, in part:

    "(A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where the medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief; and

    (B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction."

Furthermore, Health & Safety Code section 11362.5(c) provides strong protection for physicians who choose to participate in the implementation of the Act. - "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no physician in this state shall be punished, or denied any right or privilege, for having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical purposes."

The Medical Board of California developed this statement since medical marijuana is an emerging treatment modality. The Medical Board wants to assure physicians who choose to recommend medical marijuana to their patients, as part of their regular practice of medicine, that they WILL NOT be subject to investigation or disciplinary action by the MBC if they arrive at the decision to make this recommendation in accordance with accepted standards of medical responsibility. The mere receipt of a complaint that the physician is recommending medical marijuana will not generate an investigation absent additional information indicating that the physician is not adhering to accepted medical standards.

These accepted standards are the same as any reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any other medication, and include the following:

  1. History and good faith examination of the patient.
  2. Development of a treatment plan with objectives.
  3. Provision of informed consent including discussion of side effects.
  4. Periodic review of the treatment's efficacy.
  5. Consultation, as necessary.
  6. Proper record keeping that supports the decision to recommend the use of medical marijuana.

In other words, if physicians use the same care in recommending medical marijuana to patients as they would recommending or approving any other medication, they have nothing to fear from the Medical Board.

Here are some important points to consider when recommending medical marijuana:

  1. Although it could trigger federal action, making a recommendation in writing to the patient will not trigger action by the Medical Board of California.

  2. A patient need not have failed on all standard medications, in order for a physician to recommend or approve the use of medical marijuana.

  3. The physician should determine that medical marijuana use is not masking an acute or treatable progressive condition, or that such use will lead to a worsening of the patient's condition.

  4. The Act names certain medical conditions for which medical marijuana may be useful, although physicians are not limited in their recommendations to those specific conditions. In all cases, the physician should base his/her determination on the results of clinical trials, if available, medical literature and reports, or on experience of that physician or other physicians, or on credible patient reports. In all cases, the physician must determine that the risk/benefit ratio of medical marijuana is as good, or better, than other medications that could be used for that individual patient.

  5. A physician who is not the primary treating physician may still recommend medical marijuana for a patient's symptoms. However, it is incumbent upon that physician to consult with the patient's primary treating physician or obtain the appropriate patient records to confirm the patient's underlying diagnosis and prior treatment history.

  6. The initial examination for the condition for which medical marijuana is being recommended must be in-person.

  7. Recommendations should be limited to the time necessary to appropriately monitor the patient. Periodic reviews should occur and be documented at least annually or more frequently as warranted.

  8. If a physician recommends or approves the use of medical marijuana for a minor, the parents or legal guardians must be fully informed of the risks and benefits of such use and must consent to that use.

Physicians may wish to refer to CMA's ON-CALL Document #1315 titled "The Compassionate Use Act of 1996", updated annually for additional information and guidance
(http://www.cmanet.org/bookstore/freeoncall2.cfm/CMAOnCall1315.pdf?call_number=1315&CFID=745764&CFTOKEN=27566287).

Although the Compassionate Use Act allows the use of medical marijuana by a patient upon the recommendation or approval of a physician, California physicians should bear in mind that marijuana is listed in Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act, which means that it has no accepted medical use under federal law. However, in Conant v. Walters (9th Cir.2002) F.3d 629 the United States Court of Appeals recognized that physicians have a constitutionally-protected right to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with their patients and make oral or written recommendation for medical marijuana. However, the court cautioned that physicians could exceed the scope of this constitutional protection if they conspire with, or aid and abet, their patients in obtaining medical marijuana.

 

 

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