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Physician Referral
updated: Dec 02, 2012, 7:15 PM

I have an elderly friend (Vietnam Combat Vet) that I have been 'sharing' my medical marijuana with. I'm not a doctor and I don't condone illegal use of 'drugs', but I have seen a positive difference in his demeanor since we have started this. He swears he doesn't have PTSD (and never will talk about his combat experiences).

Is there a compassionate Doctor in SB that an EdHatter can PERSONALLY recommend to get a MM I.D. ? (or at least evaluate his 'condition')? He says he's embarrassed to ask his personal MD, and my Doctor is in No. Cal. Regardless of your PERSONAL opinion of MM, I would appreciate a referral.

Places People Are Talking About:

Dr. BearmanDr. Beverly Brott

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 349581P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:25 PM

Dr. Thomas Sazani, MD
2609 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara, CA. 93105

Dr. Sazani is an attentive physician. We had a long discussion about nutrition, and controlling Diabetes through diet.
He takes an active interest in the patient's well-being, beyond prescribing herb.


 COMMENT 349582P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:26 PM

David Bearman, but he's way out there in Goleta west of Glen Annie on Calle Real, not SB.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:27 PM

I wouldn't share with anyone that you are sharing your medicine with someone who does not have a prescription you could get arrested for it as well as lose your rights to recieve it. There is a service on East Carrillo 300 Block I think that has doctors I cannot remember the name off hand. My doctor is unavailable at this time.


 COMMENT 349589P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:32 PM

Dr Beverly Brott 805-965-6767 She has an office on Anacapa


 COMMENT 349591 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:35 PM

Good luck finding a dispensary in town.


 COMMENT 349593 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:43 PM

There are plenty of compassionate doctors around SB. First off he is going to have to make an appointment with a Doctor (doesn't have to be his main MD if he is embarrased) and explain his symptoms, ask for a print out of his diagnosis and then take that to a local M.M. Doc which you will also have to make an appointment for. If the MM Doc feels that he and his symtoms will be relieved from marijuana use he will then write him a recommendation for medical use and from that day on he will be able to medicate and hopefully feel better. As for a referral there are some ads in the independent which are all legit and "real doctors", as mostly all of the doc s in SB are. I hope this helps and I hope you follow through with helping your friend. PATIENTS FOR SAFE ACCESS!!!


 COMMENT 349594 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:44 PM

Second David Bearman. He works with Vietnam vets. Hard to get medicine these days, though, with dispensaries closed. I don't know how far you'd have to travel.


 COMMENT 349596 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:46 PM

Dr thomas sazani is the man ,No doubt the best for your friends situation I have a Vet friend and it helps him alot in fact it is amazing how much better he is from it,Roger is right mum is the word who knows what could happen now days , best of luck to you


 COMMENT 349597P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:54 PM

Off Santa Cruz island, a U. S. Coastguard officer was killed today by Mexican nationals in a panga boat smuggling pot. Choose another drug.


 COMMENT 349598 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:01 PM

@ OP, please don't listen to anyone who uses the word "dispensaries" as they are and always have been illegal. Just by the use of the term shows they know nothing about MMJ, the only legal way to grow and share cannabis is by being part of a reasonably small collective. Get a book, research and learn the difference and you will know what i am talking about. It took me a while to understand this myself but once I did it was way worth it. Ps. You were very brave to put out there that you share your meds with your friend, what you do in private is totally your own business but since you shared with the community ill tell you it would have been wise to just say that you have a friend that really needs a referral. Just saying. Good luck.


 COMMENT 349602 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:09 PM

597p...if pot was legal that life would not have been wasted on an illegal "war on drugs"


 COMMENT 349606 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:12 PM


What is the correlation between that and dispensaries? Dispensaries were supplied by local growers, not stuff smuggled in over the border.

Now that dispensaries are shut down, the only way to get the stuff is illegally.

Notice how there's a huge surge in pangas after the DEA raids the places? Coincidence?


 COMMENT 349610 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:27 PM

they deliver it now


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:33 PM

@97P The marijuana from the panga boats is different from the medical marijuana we have here..But I think you invaded this thread to be a pain in that respect I will now retire to a few tokes...


 COMMENT 349613 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:37 PM

Marijuana has been decriminalized in California. Growing a small amount for personal use is practically free. Check out a Rosenthal manual.


 COMMENT 349628P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 10:23 PM

Marijuana is still illegal under Federal Law which trumps state law and the drug war while stupid, does not negate the fact that users bear some responsibility for the death of the USCG Officer and countless residents of countries south of the border. It's just like Blood Diamonds or Conflict Minerals or to a lesser extent choosing Fair Trade Coffee whether you agree or disagree with Federal drug laws if you use illegal drugs you bear some responsibility for the consequences others pay which are created by the cycle of you getting high.


 COMMENT 349632P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 11:12 PM

What gets to me is Congress practicing medicine without a license. In their infinite wisdom and lack of any kind of medical knowledge at all, they decided that Marijuana had no medical benefit. I wonder how they would like a bunch of physicians practicing law as most of them are lawyers. Medical uses are real. The federal law is crazy. No, I do not use, but I know people who have when on chemo. It worked for them!


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 06:20 AM

@628P If what you say is true about all marijuana smokers even the ones on medical marijuana being responsbile for the coast guard officers death that would make you god.


 COMMENT 349643P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 06:22 AM

Agreed, 602! I don't use pot but it seems logical to legalize it... So funny to me that alcohol is legal yet pot is not. Silly humans!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:11 AM

I'd like to hear what these people so against marijuana think about alcohol, the #1 drug problem in the U.S.


 COMMENT 349660 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:26 AM

It's not the Congress that is making medical decisions, it is the alcohol industry lobbyists that are paying them to keep pot illegal in order to increase their profits. If you can grow a "martini" in your backyard, then why would you buy expensive alcohol at the store?

Still have never heard from a cop if he would prefer to arrest someone high on pot or drunk on alcohol. It is my experience that pot generally mellows people out while alcohol makes some people aggressive.


 COMMENT 349671 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:53 AM

If all you want is a MM card then go to Sazani. No exam needed...just pay the money and get the card.


 COMMENT 349674 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:58 AM

FLICKA - I'll tell you what I think....I think two wrongs don't make a right. I think all you drug addicts should start focusing on curing your addiction and not hiding behind the "oh but look at how bad alcohol is" curtain.

Of course people have problems with alcohol. And now you want to make weed available in everyones back yards. That's just great. Can't wait to see the reading level of the graduating class of 2032.


 COMMENT 349676 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:11 AM


What does weed have to do with the reading level? It's currently illegal and kids read less than ever.


 COMMENT 349684P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:28 AM

Dr. David Bearman is a great choice. He's thorough and knows a tremendous amount about legality, history and current applications of MM. Worth the drive out there...but it's usually about $200 for an initial visit.


 COMMENT 349686 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:32 AM

349597P - legalization allowing production in California in designated sites (not national/state parks) is more likely to reduce the occurrence of violence stemming from distribution.

You bring up a good point, but it is more likely that violence decreases as part of controlling the substance rather than everyone stop using it...that just isn't going to happen whether you tolerate it or not.

Looks at the trends over the years and the amount of money that was spent to achieve those results.


 COMMENT 349687P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:32 AM

This argument is not hiding behind a curtain, it is pointing out a vile hypocrisy that leads to extensive real-life harm.

Most people who drink wine, beer or spirits are not alcoholics, and most people who use weed are not addicts. Of course I mean "addict" in the colloquial sense since as we know, weed is not clinically addictive, though its use can become, like most anything, compulsive and habitual. Using the word "addict" in this argument is just reducing things to a jr. high lunchroom level. And by the way, weed already is available in people's backyards. I am 50, and when I was in high school 1976-1980, probably half the class smoked pot at parties, and some of their parents did, too. (Not the same parties, however.) We graduated and did just fine, managing to dodge the far greater hazards of beer in college. These arguments are tired and over. All our recent Presidents have admitted such drug use in their youths, and look! they became President! There are decades of evidence which show that the debauchery of children by weed is just not a concern to be addressed by anything more than an age-limit.


 COMMENT 349698 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 09:40 AM

597 you just made a great argument for why marijuana should be LEGAL!


 COMMENT 349717 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 10:28 AM

349687P - What a fallacious argument.

You and your friends "graduated and did fine" DESPITE your use of drugs and alcohol, not BECAUSE you used.

Seriously, you and your addicted ilk have literally come out and said "Smoke more weed...become President!!".


 COMMENT 349741 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:07 PM

Many dispensaries from the past are now making home deliveries. No Travel necessary.

The SB Independent run ads for doctors to proscribe, I would imagine those very same doctors maintain a list of where one can get the medicine delivered.

The arguments about this being a dangerous drug is stale and worn. 15 minutes online research starts to show this was a very important medicine, foodstuff, and material for 1000's of years. Tragic that anyone will still play this game of it being bad for humanity.

I find it is useful to ignore naysayers in their long discredited rhetoric. They deserve to be placed in the same cage as the birthers, and climate change deniers. When I run into these people the first thing I try to ascertain is how much rightwing hate radio and Fox News they absorb. Now that is a very dangerous intoxicant indeed.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:17 PM

Personally I'd much rather drink alcohol than smoke mm but everyone and their grand ma would rather I smoke the mm after I've had acouple drinks..


 COMMENT 349815 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 02:53 PM

Ask qualified MD's at your local VA Clinic? 683-1491
They may be in a difficult situation. If so, possibly write the situation and copy your request to your Congressman, your two Senators and to the POTUS. The situation seems ridiculous and certainly deserves your good-citizen attention. A good, clear, journaling and a good, clear, cover letter politely assembled with a polite, "won't you please help" letter might start reasonable thinking about another repeal of unenforceable law. Copies to the media like WashPost, Roll Call and The Hill might help expedite matters. If you need secretarial service to do this, find a good one and post how much money you will need here on Edhat. If you have only Belief and Opinion without having Knowledge, reading LICIT & ILLICIT DRUGS, the Consumers Union 's Report, is a great start toward knowledge. (Licit & Illicit is available online. If you have limited time, read just Chapter 69, Conclusions and Recommendations.) Godspeed!


 COMMENT 349831 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 03:19 PM

I feel bad for the OP and you all are so selfish, if you are going to rant and rave at each other it would be nice if you could at least answer the original question (I have twice). For all you pot haters there is a thread on Craigslist for you to join, chill out smoke a joint and get over yourselves because it will be legal completely for recreation to medicinal use in a matter of years (hopefully less) and I'm wondering what you will do then??????


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 03:52 PM

They will drink more and yell louder..


 COMMENT 349845 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 03:53 PM

349831 - No it won't. You will die a ripe old death and never see marijuana leaglized to that extent.

And on your death bed, the majority of cars will still be using internal combustion engines.

Does any of it make sense? Doesn't have to.


 COMMENT 349847P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 03:57 PM

My technical fleece top was made in Vietnam, along with my socks.


 COMMENT 349876 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:54 PM

Sazani should require medical records. Without them you get a 90 day card.


 COMMENT 349922 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:19 PM

@ 845 maybe a little reading would do the trick, it's already legal for recreational use in two states Colorado, Washington and pending in other states including California....ummm..on my death bed I really could care less about any car because ill be bedridden? Does any of that make sense. It has to.


 COMMENT 349949P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 09:54 PM

Another for Dr. Bearman. As for dispensaries, goddessdelivers.com is awesome. Good luck.


 COMMENT 349957 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 06:01 AM

Address of Record: Expand/Collapse PO BOX 2867
ORCUTT, CA 93457
DR. SAZANI'S Record---Address of Record County: SANTA BARBARA
License Status: Expand/CollapseLicense Renewed & Current
Public Record Action(s): Expand/CollapseLimits On PracticeExpand/CollapseProbation With SuspensionExpand/CollapseAccusation FiledExpand/CollapseDisciplined By Other State/Federal Government
Original Issue Date: December 16, 1985
Expiration Date: November 30, 2013
Year Graduated: 1983


 COMMENT 349985 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:21 AM

349922 - Until the federal government changes its mind it is illegal possess/grow/consume/sell marijuana in all 50 states. States can pass whatever laws they want. The feds hold the trump card and can play it whenever they want.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 09:11 AM

The government can do anything it wants and does no matter what the people want or votes on everyone is a criminal.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 09:57 AM

Wow I just reread this Alcoholics sure are angry maybe they ought to go to aa and do something about their own addictions...


 COMMENT 350392 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 07:49 AM

haha. Of course alcoholics are angry. That's how they got there.



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