In Massachusetts two events are happening more or less at the same time. There is a legislative committee meeting on a medical marijuana initiative raised by voters, and there is a doctor’s cancer conference in town. How do they connect? Glad you asked. Dr. Donald I. Abrams, chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a cancer specialist at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, is headed to Boston this week to lecture at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The good doctor took time out of his schedule yesterday after learning local law enforcement is balking at a citizen initiative to decriminalize medical pot. He suggested uptight Bay Staters need to “get a grip” on their hang-ups about weed. The doctor is a leading national advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana. “It’s a flower. Get a grip. It’s part of nature. It should be available at sports events instead of alcohol. There’d be less violence.”
Dr. Abrams is the featured speaker at Dana-Farber’s 12th annual Lenny Zakim Lecture. He’s been invited to hold forth on the use of natural supplements against cancer. Cannabis is not on the agenda. But Abrams said he hopes someone asks. “Cannabis has been a natural medicine for thousands of years,” he said. “It’s an analgesic, it’s anti-inflammatory.” Can someone run by and throw the doctor a softball question, please?
So, Doc Abrams, the kids showed up to throw you a salute from HMJ. You know there’s more at The Boston Herald.
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