Here is a comment from a blog reader that I felt I should share and comment on regarding Medical Cannabis use and Alcoholics Anonymous.
I have written a few times regarding medical cannabis and AA. I personally believe that if “Bill and Bob” the AA founders were alive and aware of the harsh judgements being made against physician and medication involvement in AA, they would feel sad. Addiction is currently defined as the ongoing use of a substance or behavior whose SIDE EFFECTS are ruining ones life. It does not matter how frequently someone uses a medication; it matters how it effects them and those around them. If all is good and the person is productive the behavior is not be considered an “addiction”. To the best of my understanding, this is the new/current definition of addiction and using medical cannabis under the direction of a physician, can be positively done in AA.
We now know that patients with substance use, nearly always have an area of their pre-frontal cortex that “lights up” differently that others. Substance “USE”, has many facts, but much is biological and this must always be remembered. Judging these patients just pushes them away from support and care. Placing patients in jail who have a medical condition they are struggling with, of course will be seen in the future as being a very, very dark time.
It is not a simple issue; I am not saying it is. We just don’t know all the answers and ANY group that believes they know it, I believe is fooling themselves. I am also not saying that AA has not helped millions of patients, such as the one above, but perhaps it is again time to review?
How about us at least TRYING to get a small group of AA members who wish to have a meeting that includes discussion of how cannabis has helped them stay sober? Why not check it out?
To this end, if I ever receive a small handfull of cannabis patients in the LA area that would like to have a meeting that does not judge medical treatments, but just openly discusses them, write me and I will set one up and provide juice and cookies.
Just to be very clear, this will not be a smoking meeting.