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Medical Marijuana Pioneer of Nevada County
Grass Valley physician Dr. Stephen Banister is in the business of making people feel good – or at least a little more comfortable – with his approval of marijuana to treat their pain.
This jovial, laid-back Maryland transplant would not say whether he uses marijuana, but he does think very highly of the pain-relieving plant.
Banister graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1971, and he has been instrumental in shaping local standards for medical marijuana since its use was legalized in California in 1996.
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Stephen Banister, MD
Dr. Stephen Banister has enjoyed living and practicing medicine in Nevada County for over 30 years, providing a full spectrum of primary care, holistic medicine and pain management.
Dr. Banister pioneered the integration of medicinal cannabis into his primary care and pain management practice in 1996 with the passage of proposition 215. His years of experience treating chronic pain, migraines, PTSD, ADHD and persistent muscle spasms with medical marijuana has made him an expert in the field.
Dr. Banister is regularly called upon to educate doctors, lawyers and patients about the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana. He has proudly testified in court on behalf of his patients and their rights to access and use medicinal cannabis.
Dr. Banister is currently welcoming new and return patients to his practice. He is very excited to care for patients using medicinal cannabis or to see those looking for alternatives to traditional medications in treating their health concerns.