Michael Geci, MD is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Geci has earned board certification in both emergency medicine and integrative medicine, practicing medicine since 1996.
Dr. Geci’s long-time love of plants and his interest in botanical medicine precipitated an interest in Cannabis. In 2009, he took his integrative practice to Montana where he had his first professional exposure to medical marijuana. Understanding the importance of appropriate dosing and quality control he founded Montana Botanical Analysis, an analytical laboratory devoted to the quantitative analysis of medical marijuana.
Dr. Geci believed that if Cannabis was going to be used as a medicine, it needed to be treated like a medicine. His team lobbied the 2011 Montana legislature for changes to the existing medical marijuana law. Unfortunately, radial political winds fueled by Tea Party resentment over Obama Care produced an onerous medical marijuana reform bill that decimated Montana’s medical marijuana program.
Dr. Geci wrote a medical column for Kush magazine and continues limited professional consulting for the medical cannabis industry, including acting as a subject matter expert for Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission in 2016. Dr. Geci continues to practice both emergency medicine and integrative medicine in upstate New York where he lives at 1800 feet on his organic farm. Cycling, writing, growing plants and being the proud dad of a teen round out an otherwise remarkable life.
Pot Doc: A Physician's Search for the Holy Grail of Medical Marijuana
Pot Doc: A Physician’s Search for the Holy Grail of Medical Marijuana, details my magical mystery journey through the murky world of medical marijuana. Pot Doc recounts my transformation as a divorced father living alone in my Catskill Mountain hideaway, to a medical marijuana expert and owner of one of the first medical marijuana quality control laboratories in the United States. Ironically, this was all made possible because an online date took me to Bozeman, Montana where my new girlfriend showed me a Craig’s List ad for a doctor to run a medical marijuana clinic.
Pot Doc draws clear distinctions between medical marijuana and recreational pot. The book leaves the reader informed about the fascinating science surrounding the cannabis plant., including some of its medical applications. Pot Doc leaves the reader to ponder unanswered questions regarding our country’s absurd and antiquated policies toward marijuana and its sister plant, hemp. Pot Doc is also a warning to pro-cannabis activists that in the current time of political uncertainty, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. Until the FDA acknowledges that marijuana has medical purposes and initiates changes to the Controlled Substance Act, every marijuana businessperson, and consumer is in felony violation of Federal law.