Oakland Medical Marijuana Resources

31 Jan

It’s surprising to me how many people find Living in the O by searching for medical marijuana (or something related to medical marijuana). The truth is that my blog is not the greatest resource for this issue. Sure, I’ve told some interesting stories about DEA raids, Dellums standing up for medical marijuana, and more, but there are far better places to find information about medical cannabis so I thought I’d share.

General Resource: If you want to get lost on a site for hours, reading about all aspects of medical marijuana – legal, political, medical, media – check out the site of Americans for Safe Access, the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research.

Oakland Dispensaries: Believe it or not, there’s a specific site for this – OaklandCannabisClubs.com – they have a listing and reviews of dispensaries in the East Bay. If you’re looking for dispensaries in the larger Bay Area or the state, California NORML has the most extensive listing. You can also find out about Oaksterdam at the now defunct Oaksterdam News website.

Oakland Medical Marijuana Doctors: If you’re trying to stay in Oakland, I recommend Compassionate Health Options in downtown. If you’re looking further away, CA NORML has a good physician listing as well.

Supporting Mickey Martin & Tainted: I wrote about this raid when it happened in September but haven’t provided an update since. The defendants have a hearing at the end of February and need support – financially and politically. Check out the Free Tainted website to get involved.

Medical Marijuana Blogs: Surprisingly, I haven’t found too many blogs devoted specifically to medical marijuana. Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines and Smokedot.org are good places to start.

I think that covers most of what people have been searching for. Let me know if I missed anything.

4 Responses to “Oakland Medical Marijuana Resources”

  1. Jim M February 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Why medical marijuana? When I was walking down Haight street toward Market a few years ago I saw all of the dispensaries. There are clubs all over Oakland and unincorporated Alameda county too. By the number of clubs there must be many people in pain. Why can’t they take drugs from a doctor? How much better can weed be?
    I think that some people are using the clubs since they have issues with normal health care. Some may just think the weed works better for them. But I think many people are using the clubs to cover the real issue. That is, they need a smoke. I can’t believe that many people are in that much chronic pain and don’t use regular pain control methods.
    I think the clubs are more trouble than they are worth. I would close them down and send people back to a doctor.

  2. Becks February 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Jim – I think it is a common misconception that people who use marijuana as medicine have forgone other, more traditional types of health care.

    The truth is that most patients use marijuana as an adjunct therapy. They often still use various pharmaceuticals, but they are able to use these strong drugs less because of their use of marijuana. That can be the difference between living life like a zombie on huge doses of opiates or living a productive life using marijuana and small amounts of opiates. Also, marijuana helps many patients cope with the side effects of prescribed medication.

    I’m curious to know though, if you think “clubs are more trouble than they are worth,” what troubles are they causing?

  3. Jim M February 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    For one thing the clubs in Alameda county seemed to get robbed a lot. Federal and state law run incongruent to each other so one side or the other is always in court with the other. Finally, why support medicine by populism? Over at the old hippies groovy blog, his graph shows how much we spend compared to other nations. Medical Marijuana is just adding to that cost. Better to control medicine and demand better treatments all can afford.

  4. Becks February 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm #

    Dispensaries do get robbed, but certainly not anymore than convenience stores.

    I agree that it’s confusing to have different laws at the state and federal level. That’s why many of us are working to change federal law.

    I don’t understand your argument about medical marijuana causing us to spend more. It is true that medical marijuana is now fairly expensive, but it’s still greatly cheaper than most pharmaceuticals. If you mean that it’s costing us in law enforcement, well, let’s deprioritize raids on medical marijuana patients and providers or change the law all together.

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