Pot is not need in the pain medical community. It's all an excuse to smoke
Marijuana is truly one of the most diverse and useful plants given to man.Israel is leading the way in research since American dropped the ball, trying
for over a hundred years to come up with any real evidence of it being harmful
to anyone but the Big Pharm, Oil and Chemical giants bottom line.Preliminary evidence shows it shrinks tumors...in people, not rats.Hopefully the old propaganda will continue to die out with new advances in
research.@Aggielove. It has stopped her son from having 100 Seizures
a day where conventional "Drugs" have failed.The excuses are being
made by folks who believe that pills from big pharm (with there pages of
disclaimers) are safe?
All things were created for the use and benefit of mankind. Many of those things
have been adulterated and abused but that does not make them any less useful for
what they were intended. Marijuana and many other controlled substances do have
great medicinal or otherwise useful value when used appropriately. Just because
the common perception of one or more of God's creations is inclined toward
misuse, that does not devalue the true measure of its creation. Besides that, who said anything about smoking marijuana? The article mentioned
it as a component of a syrup. There are many more forms of a substance than the
common misuse of them. Don't be so quick to discount them with
There is a reason that marijauna was placed on the earth. There are compunds in
marijauna besides THC, the psycoactive compund that produces the "high".
These canabanoids show great promise in treating a variety of ailments,
including breast canser, as Happy Valley Heretic points out. An
arguent can be made that marijauna is a gateway drug but do we want to throw the
proverbial baby out with the bath water ? There are many compounds
based on cocaine or opium that are used every single day for legal and good
purposes. Do we want to outlaw them and any medical research associated with
them? I dont understand the hysteria over medical research
associated with marijauna. The government doesn't have any business
sticking its nose in to valid research.
People, please do some real research before commenting. I am a *very* LDS father
of a 12-year-old son with severe epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome). For background,
I've voted Republican on every ticket all my life, I'm very socially
and fiscally conservative, never had a sip of alcohol, and I do not support
recreational marijuana. Now here's the deal: My son suffers daily from
hundreds of seizures. They have destroyed his brain and body, and my wife and I
sleep in separate rooms because whoever sleeps with my son must deal with dozens
of seizures throughout the night. He's on a half-dozen medications (not
herbs or other such nonsense), he has seen the best doctors in the *world*, but
nothing works. It's a heartbreaking and hopeless feeling. But parents from
Colorado and California are recently reporting that their kids on NON-NARCOTIC
marijuana derivatives ("CBD"; look it up) are *seizure free*! You
can't imagine how that would change our lives. My son's current meds
have terrible side effects, and yet I can't give him what *actually works*.
A month ago, I would never have imagined that I would find myself crusading for
the right to give my son the only medication that may save his life, and yet,
here we are. So I am putting Utah's legislators on notice: We will fight
for our children, tooth and nail. If you ignorantly stand between my son and the
life he deserves, then I will bring your education to you. You are denying
miracles. Miracles! Miracles we've prayed for - day and night - for
*years*, and for thousands of us, the answer to those prayers is
now...right...there. Let us have our miracles! Let us have our KIDS. Yes, CBD
comes from marijuana plants, but NO, CBD is NOT narcotic, and does not make our
kids high. But their dadgummed "legal" drugs ruin their appetites and
bow their legs and stunt their growth and DON'T STOP THEIR SEIZURES. CBD
DOES! Come to my house. Spend a night - just one! - with my son as he howls and
jerks and drools 'til morning. Watch his brain die a little more, and then
*DARE* to tell him he can't have what he needs.
Medical marijuana should go through the same approval process as any other
pharmaceutical. It it has medical benefits this will become evident. Inhalers
can developed to deliver the beneficial compounds without smoking or getting
high. Apparently a syrup has been developed that helps treat seizures. Placing Medical Marijuana on the ballot is an attempt to legalize pot
smoking. We should let medical professionals and the FDA handle this like every
PG VikingDad Welcome to the fold, it's sad that it takes a personal
situation for folks to realize that this plant should be recognized for
it's manyfold benefits.@The rock and other naysayers how's
over 5,000 years of use, hows over 80 years of research, more than any other
drug in America, how about the large percentage of Doctors who agree on
it's benefits. The trouble is the Politicians and Corporations who run
America refuse to acknowledge science that interferes with their bottom line.
@PGVikingdad, you ask "WHY", look at the first comment by angielove for
the answer.God created MerryWanna ,man created the prohibition of it,who
are You going to trust?
One final comment: The "But We Don't Know The Long Term
Consequences" comment from the will-intended but muddled-thinking doctor
broke my heart. The terrible fact is that we would LOVE to discover the
long-term consequences, because the short-term consequences of *not* using CBD
is brain damage and death. The message boards where parents of Dravet Syndrome
kids gather are drowning with updates of the dead and dying: "Another little
angel returned to Heaven today." Those messages could stop tomorrow. And
that same good doctor even said in her televised interview, "This may be a
gateway drug." Oh, good grief, stop it. CBD is NOT NARCOTIC. And in any
event, it's a "gateway" to what, exactly, for our severely damaged
and delayed kids? Fruit Loops, maybe? Their minds are those of three-year-olds.
Their only addictions are to Dora the Explorer and to anyone who will take a
moment to play with them.
@therockDid you not read PGVikings comment? ,those FDA drugs that you seem
to be fond of were Not doing any good,while a god given herb does,but you are
worried people well use it just to get high,and what makes you think FDA
approved drugs are safe? Jesus and his disciples used the herb to heal the
sick,guess they should have waited for government approval by your reasoning.
As a parent of a child who had siezures, when he was a baby, Dr Levy has never
experienced the horror, of the prospect of her child, if she has one, dying. You
don't care about the "long term consequences". There are no
alternatives, in such a case. The marajuana option would be the only one, in
this case. Believe me.
I hate to break it to everybody that medicinal marijuana has been in use for a
long time. The current push for medical marijuana is to make it easier to
obtain for recreational use.For those of you who have or know of
people with legitimate illnesses that are relieved by some of the compounds in
marijuana, there are pill and injectible forms of the drug.The
question that should be asked is why do all these people want it legalized when
you can already get pill and injectable forms?
RedShirtMIT, please direct me to the pharmacy in Utah that will give me CBD for
my son. Can't do it, right? And guess what? It's also illegal for me
to go get it in Colorado and bring it here. So his seizures continue to draw him
toward death. You are incredibly and tragically misinformed. Do. Some. Real.
Red Shirt, the fact is that because Marijauana is considered a Schedule I
substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, research into its medical
usages of it are severely curtailed. There are a couple of recognized treatments
using marijuans ( Glaucoma being the most prominently known), but research into
other applications has been brought to an effective standstill. There are medicinal usages of the various compounds in marijuana but it is
almost impossible to do any real research into them due to its federal
classification. That is particularly troubling to me because as I mentioned
before drugs such as cocaine, and opium are also schedule 1 substances, but they
are routinely used in research. Why the proscription of marijuana?
The policy makes no sense. Again, the government should keep out of legitimate
medical research.All that said let me go on the record as saying
that I am in NO way advocating that the drug be allowed to be used for
To "PGVikingDad" go and read "Marijuana Extract Pills Coming to
Market" in San Diego Today. There they list 1 manufacturer that is LEGALLY
producing CBD pills. According to other news stories Rite Aid carries
cannabinoid pills. Many of the cannabinoid pills are used as part of
chemotherapy to make patients hungry and eat sufficiently.The issue
is you will have to get a prescription for them.What you seek is
already there, you just need to look deeper.
@redshirtMITYou are correct cannabis has been used medicinally throughout
the ages,certainly used in Biblical days,and legal over the counter in the U.S
untill 1937 when "Reefer madness" created the prohibition of the
herb,which led to the drug cartels and 70+ years of persecution of cannabis
users and countless Billions of your tax dollars fighting a failed "War on
Drugs©". Cannabis is a easily grown herb, the only reason people will
spend hundreds of dollars for it is because our stupid government prohibits
it,why should anyone be forced to pay big pharma for something they could grow
in their own garden?