Dr. Dina Joins Dazed And Infused
Dr. Dina, Host of Coughy Talk on Clubhouse and Cannabis Confidential with Dr. Dina on Cannabis Radio, and co-founder of Alternative Herbal Health Services in West Hollywood, California, joins Dazed And Infused only on cannabis radio. Once Snoop Dogg lays a nickname on you, it sticks for life – just ask “Dr. Dina,” his longtime friend, confidante, and business associate. Dr. Dina is not a board-certified M.D., nor did she go to medical school. Rather, Dr. Dina received her nickname from Snoop for being one of the pioneers of the movement in Southern California to provide safe access to medical cannabis in accordance with state law. A powerful advocate for mainstreaming medical marijuana and beloved by hundreds of Hollywood celebs and dignitaries for over a decade, all the while maintaining her secrecy due to the relatively conservative social circles in which she lives, Dr. Dina has now decided to come forward and step into the spotlight following the prominent mention she received (an inadvertent “outing”) in the article on Snoop in the January 2013 issue of GQ titled “The Lion Smokes Tonight.” In the article, Dr. Dina is referred to as “a thin brunette who has the whole Nancy Botwin look down cold,” a reference to the pot-selling mom played by Mary-Louise Parker on the award-winning comedy-drama “Weeds.” That’s not even the half of it – the character Nancy Botwin and the very premise for the show was inspired by Dr. Dina, who launched her consultancy in 2003, two years before the show debuted and at a time when she had direct contact with creative personnel on the show and when there were very few if any, other women in the business – especially in Los Angeles. Dr. Dina explains “Ever since the pilot aired and even more so today, I’m constantly being stopped and asked if I’m “the real” Nancy Botwin. Yes, the pilot was based on me. But Weeds is certainly not my life story. Nancy was a criminal drug dealer. Everything I do is 100 percent legal in accordance with state law. I am not so much driven by money but by the desire to help people in need.”
Like Nancy Botwin, Dr. Dina is probably one of the most unlikely people you would expect to be at the heart of the medical marijuana business. Raised in a conservative Jewish family in the San Fernando Valley, her mom, a Ph.D., still bristles when people call her daughter “Dr. Dina.” While working as a pieced goods buyer downtown after college, Dr. Dina was inadvertently thrust into the world of medical marijuana in 2003. A close friend approached her, knowing Dr. Dina is always one to help. He had bad news, having been recently diagnosed with stage three cancer. Now, he was having serious trouble holding down the chemo pills. Dr. Dina did some research and learned that medical marijuana might be the only way for him to hold down the pills. Despite great efforts, she was unable to find a physician in Southern California who would even discuss medical marijuana as an option. And, even if she found such a doctor, there was no access to safe medicine in the area. Eventually, Dr. Dina heard of a physician in the Bay Area who was amenable to the subject. They drove up to meet him. Not only were her friend’s medical needs addressed, but Dr. Dina was able to convince the physician to open up his practice in L.A. one day per week. But there was a catch – Dr. Dina would have to run the place, and handle all of the business and administrative matters. She agreed, and the first medical marijuana physician’s office in Southern California was born. The demand was so huge that within three months she had helped open six different offices.