NC Docs Must Use the Right Herb

I would not want a stoned physician taking care of me, but nobody accused North Carolina psychiatrist Steven Black, MD of intoxication while working in this case brought to my attention by another physician who knew him. According to documents on the board Web site his arrest on charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana led to indefinite suspension of his license to practice medicine by the NC Medical Board after Talbott Recovery diagnosed him "as abusing cannabis." 

Mind you, no court convicted Dr. Black of the charges, and Talbott would appear to rely heavily on referrals from medical boards and physician monitoring programs. (Note Talbott's caduceus logo.)

I am hard pressed to ignore the juxtaposition of two popular substances in this case. On the one hand we have cannabis, whose numerous psychoactive compounds can clearly produce intoxication and dependence. It remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, but has attained legal status under Colorado and Washington law. On the other hand we have tobacco, which, thanks to promotion by the likes of NC Senator Jesse Helms, has probably killed more people than Adolf Hitler ever could have dreamed, has no medical value whatsoever, and arguably addicts a higher proportion of users than any other drug.

North Carolina remains one of the major tobacco growing states.

Perhaps the NC Medical Board just wants NC physicians to have the right weed in their car.

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