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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Dear Legislators,

Merely re-writing the Medical Marijuana law, as in House bills 68 and 49, is not going to solve the problem.  And it is a huge problem.  Please take the time to read part of what Karen Tandy, head of the DEA, wrote about Marijuana;

“In 1999 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) undertook a landmark study reviewing the alleged medical properties of marijuana. Advocates of so-called medical marijuana frequently tout this study, but the study’s findings decisively undercut their arguments.

In truth, the IOM explicitly found that marijuana is not medicine and expressed concern about patients’ smoking it because smoking is a harmful drug-delivery system.
The IOM further found that there was no scientific evidence that smoked marijuana had medical value, even for the chronically ill, and concluded that “there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication.”
In fact, the researchers who conducted the study could find no medical value to marijuana for virtually any ailment they examined, including the treatment of wasting syndrome in AIDS patients, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, or glaucoma.

Only Temporary Relief

The IOM found that THC (the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) in smoked marijuana provides only temporary relief from intraocular pressure (IOP) associated with glaucoma and would have to be smoked eight to 10 times a day to achieve consistent results. And there exists another treatment for IOP, as the availability of medically approved once- or twice-a-day eye drops makes IOP control a reality for many patients and provides round-the-clock IOP reduction.

For two other conditions, nausea and pain, the report recommended against marijuana use, while suggesting further research in limited circumstances for THC but not smoked marijuana.
Before any drug can be marketed in the United States, it must undergo rigorous scientific scrutiny and clinical evaluation overseen by the FDA. For example, the FDA has approved Marinol (dronabinol)-a safe capsule form of synthetic THC that meets the standard of accepted medicine and has the same properties as cultivated marijuana without the high- for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy and for the treatment of wasting syndrome in AIDS patients.” For the complete article and others, click here.

Medical Marijuana is a hoax.  As written above, the benefits of THC can be safely administered by using the synthetic drug Marinol.  This debate has nothing to do with medicine.  It is about permissiveness in an already self-indulgent society.  Please work to repeal the entire framework of so called ‘Medical’ Marijuana.  Do the citizens of Montana the service you intended when you ran for office.

One Response to “Medical Marijuana”

  1. Maggi Dunakin says:

    Smoking is not the delivery system of choice for pain relief results. Ingestion is. Smoking anything is not recommended, human lungs are not made for this. This drug is very helpful for people whose lives have become taken over by painkillers. The problem with chronic pain is that painkillers don’t work as well over time, requiring the patient to use more for less relief. Prescribed painkillers are horrible for the entire organ system of the human body. We are killing our own people with these things. Painkillers also diminish appetite and cause depression, both of which can be alleviated with marijuana. Anxiety is also a human condition that can alter a persons life. It becomes impossible to deal with everyday life when you are so anxious you can’t breathe. I think we may be trying to throw the baby out with the bathwater here.

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