The original LA's Dopest Attorney Youtube

"Allison Margolin calls herself Los Angeles’s “dopest attorney.” The 28-year-old graduate of Beverly Hills High, Columbia University and Harvard Law School has her own blog and promotional video on YouTube. Today, the Los Angeles Times helps her cause with a colorful profile of the ambitious young criminal defense lawyer.." Wall Street Journal

"LA's Dopest lawyer, again: Allison Margolin, the 28-year-old Harvard Law grad whose ads offering to represent pot smokers are a staple of the local alt weeklies..." LA Observed

"A lawyer for 3 1/2 years, Margolin has gained notoriety for unorthodox ads that proclaim her "L.A.'s dopest attorney." She even has a video publicizing her practice on the Internet site Youtube." LA Times

"Beverly Hills lawyer Allison Margolin made a three-and-a-half-minute video for YouTube about her practice and her position on issues such as marijuana laws, getting her noticed by commentators all over the Internet." ABA Journal

"L.A. dopest attorney," should send producers scrambling to option the rights to the Harvard Law by way of Beverly Hills High grad's Legally Blonde meets Half Baked life story.

"One very ingenious young lawyer out of California did just that to give herself a competitive edge. Allison Margolin, a newly minted Harvard Law School graduate, who concentrates in criminal law, is very passionate about the decriminalization of marijuana. Her video highlights not just her criminal practice, but has testimonials of her and a client on the courthouse steps. The video allows her to showcase her mission through a medium her client base would most likely use." Connecticut Law Review

"Framed Skunk Magazine features and Us Weekly covers adorn her office walls alongside diplomas from Columbia and Harvard Law. She's been profiled in the Los Angeles Times and keeps a personal blog that covers everything from social and legal commentary to musings on Paris Hilton and Playboy. You can even watch YouTube videos of her expounding on why all drugs should be legalized." Helen

"Allison Margolin, if you read articles written on her, projects nothing less than who she is, irreverent quirky, passionate and committed, well-educated, gutsy, and weaned on criminal law. And her 'brand' shows all of that." Build A Solo Practice, LLC

I've really enjoyed reading about what you've done with yourself from college, right up to now. I also think your networking/marketing prowess is what pisses off your detractors most. YouTube? A stroke of genius!!! They'll make a movie about you eventually! But you already know that right?" Cannazine - Myspace friend

"Been watching you on you tube AMAZZZZZZIIINNNGGG
The best LAWYER - this world needs such people like you to bring justice back RESPECT be blessed and wish you lots of positive energy. STAY STRONG ALLISON." Ash -

LA's Dopest Attorney NEW Youtubes

March 3, 2007


(Read LA Times West Magazine's entire feature)


By Michael Goldstein

Do you medicate? I do.

I'm not talking about Xanax or Prozac or Vicodin or their siblings. I have a "recommendation" (not a prescription, a recommendation) for pot. This puts me in a legally and socially problematic condition. The state of California says I can ingest marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration thinks I'm a criminal if I do...


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Nadja said...

Here is one more article to open the eyes of the Public!
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The more than 48 million people who suffer chronic pain in the United States are having difficulty finding doctors to treat them as a result of misguided drug policy, law enforcement, and overzealous prosecutions -- and pending prescription reporting bills will only make things worse in Florida.
"The 'war on drugs' has turned into a war on doctors and the legal drugs they prescribe and the suffering patients who need the drugs to attempt anything approaching a normal life," said Kathryn Serkes, public affairs counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) at a news conference held Friday in Orlando.

The AAPS, along with the American Pain Institute, Pain Relief Network, and the National Pain Patients Coalition, joined to denounce the slate of state and Congressional legislative hearings, as stacked and one-sided to paint opioid drug patients as addicts and doctors who prescribe them as drug dealers.

The intimidating tactics have resulted in an atmosphere of fear --doctors are afraid to prescribe opioids, and patients can't get the drugs they so desperately need. "Physicians are being threatened, impoverished, delicensed, and imprisoned for prescribing in good faith with the intention of relieving pain," said Ms. Serkes. "And their patients have become the collateral damage in this trumped-up war."

Florida law actually requires doctors to treat pain patients, but legislators who want to look tough on "drug dealers" are making that almost impossible. "If they thought they could balance the Medicaid budget on the backs of pain patients, they are seriously mistaken," said Ms. Serkes.

Some patients require very large doses, sometimes literally hundreds of pills in each prescription -- a number that may seem alarming to people unfamiliar with current treatment standards in pain management. Other patients report that they have lied about being heroin addicts in order to get pain medication at methadone clinics.

The situation has become so critical that AAPS has issued a serious warning to doctors:

"If you're thinking about getting into pain management using opioids as appropriate -- DON'T. Forget what you learned in medical school -- drug agents now set medical standards. Or if you do, first discuss the risks with your family." (See

"If this continues, pain patients will be back in the Dark Ages of 'pain clinics' that basically told the patients they had to learn to 'live with the pain' -- except possibly if they had cancer and then they wouldn't have to live with it for very long," said Ms. Serkes.

"Prosecutors hell-bent on targeting career-making, high- publicity cases on the backs of patients and doctors," said Ms. Serkes. "Recent actions show prosecutors have little concern about the trail of destruction left by their actions as patients face crippling pain and gut-wrenching withdrawal." For example,

1. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi declared to a reporter that "our office will try our best to root out (certain doctors) like the Taliban. Stay tuned." In September, the President pointed to physician prosecutions as the example of how he wants to pursue terrorists.

2. Florida's "drug czar compared opioid prescribing to "mass murder" and vowed "We want to make an example out of those doctors who are violating the Hippocratic Oath and the law."

3. The prosecutor in the case of Dr. Cecil Knox of Roanoke Virginia told all of Dr. Knox's abandoned patients on the brink of withdrawal to go to federal clinics -- none of which are allowed to prescribe pain treatment, according to a court officer.

4. Doctors such as Jeri Hassman of Tucson, AZ, are effectively prevented from treating patients, sometimes for years, while their cases make their way through the courts.

5. In Florida, Dr. James Graves is serving more than 60 years for manslaughter after several of his patients overdosed on pain medications in combination with other drugs, including illegal street drugs.

"If this continues, there won't be one doctor left willing to prescribe the drugs that patients so desperately need," said Ms. Serkes.

Ron Myers of Mississippi, both a physician and minister, outlined devastating impact on his patients, and the inordinate impact on the African-American community, and representatives of the Pain Relief Network and National Pain Patients' Coalition told their stories.

(NOTE: The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons is a non-partisan professional association of physicians in all specialties, dedicated since 1943 to protection of the patient- physician relationship. AAPS is dues supported, and accepts no government funding, or pharmaceutical or other corporate underwriting.)



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