Steppin’ Out of Babylon: Podcast-Radio Interviews by Sue Supriano

“Babylon” is the “isms” and “schisms” not only within the system but within ourselves. Let's organize, unify and step out of Babylon.

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Sue Supriano’s Steppin’ Out of Babylon is a radio interview series covering a broad range of important issues in today’s world: peace and war, human and civil rights, communication, the media, the environment, food security, racism, globalization, immigration and matters of the spirit. Over 250 shows are available at this site!

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Dr. Mike Alcalay

Medical Marijuana: The Science and Politics of Cannabis

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TRT: 27:55
Date: 2004-12-01

Dr. Mike Alcalay is a physician living with AIDS.  He is a medical marijuana patient and, in fact, the Medical Director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyer's Cooperative in Oakland, California.  In this interview he speaks of working with Waiting to Inhale, a video documentary being produced by PBS.  Through this involvement he has been able to interview almost all of the 300 scientist members (from 20 countries) of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.  He has learned a lot from them about the science of cannabis-- how it works with the brain, it's lack of side effects, and its safety.  It's impossible to overdose as opposed to other substances like heroin, alcohol and penicillin, for example.  There are over 80 cannabinoids in the plant, around 8 have different actions that are very helpful with humans and more and more is being understood about the how they work.

Alcalay runs a free medical marijuana clinic in Oakland under Proposition 215 which legalizes medical marijuana in California.  He talks about the many things he's learned from his patients about marijuana, the different types of this plant, and the best ways to use it.  He also talks a bit about the political situation in the country and repression.  However, the interview ends on a note of great optimism since such a huge number of people have voted for medical marijuana use in the US.

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December 26, 2015

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Sue, who lived an amazing life from 1938 - 2015.