I understand that people need it for seizures. But if we are going their we
should consider it for all people that suffer from debilitating diseases. I
don't feel any of us should be able to tell another person that they cant
use what works the best for them, there are a lot less side effects with Medical
marijuana no one has ever died from marijuana unlike prescription pills you
hear about abuse of opiates all the time not to mention death! Dr. Sanjay Gupta,
CNN chief medical correspondent agrees and endorses it! There is a wide range
of benefits, works better than antidepressants and is safer, stops seizures,
helps with cancer rehabilitation,We all should seriously consider legalizing
marijuana for MEDICAL USE. Its costing Utah too much money fighting it. Its not
going away, prohibition doesn't work, it never has! We could be using this
commodity to make money for our state. not wasting tax dollars fighting a losing
battle. Wake up friends neighbours its a win, win, I feel we should consider it.
Twenty other states plus Washington D.C. have already done it with more states
looking into it.
Why not? because of ignorance?
I find it interesting that the only sites that recommend this treatment are all
pro-Marijuana sites. This is usually the case in medical cases where Marijuana
is the recommended treatment. The rationale is that any legitimately recognized
medical site is "prejudiced" against Marijuana. The pro-Marijuana sites
usually claim pot will fix everything from cancer to dandruff.The medical
research community has approved drugs made from far more controversial sources
than Marijuana. Byetta for treating Diabetes is one good example. It's a
compound made from Gila monster venom. Are we really supposed to believe the
pharmaceutical industry would willingly develop medicine from venom and be so
prejudiced against a plant source? So far, the only drug approved that is made
from Marijuana is eye drops for glaucoma. Hardly the panacea for bigger issues.
Surely the fact Marijuana is a popular recreational drug has nothing to do with
those extolling its benefits...
It should be legalized and controlled, like any other prescription drug. It is
probably more safe than many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed
today.And while they're at it, they should legalize the growing
of industrial hemp. It too, does not contain enough THC to produce a
"high". This plant is illegal to grow in the US but the US imports it
from other countries because there is an industrial use for the plant. From a
business journal on the web, "U.S. imports of hemp from Canada and China
equal around $2 billion annually".It does not make sense that we
do not allow farmers to grow it in the US to sell for industrial use, and allow
it to be imported. Senator Paul from Kentucky is trying to pass legislation
which would allow it to be farmed in his State. Utah's representatives
should support this bill.In the Journal of Discourses, Brigham Young
encouraged the growing of hemp in this area. I'll bet it makes a good
substitute for hay for livestock feed. Probably much better for animals than
the GMO corn they're fed."Stupid is, as stupid does",
I am Stockton's dad, and I'd like to make a comment directly to
Senator John Valentine: My son will die as a side-effect of his epilepsy, and so
will all of his Utah friends. Until that tragic moment comes, he will suffer day
and night. He was once a normal toddler, but his bones are now twisted, he walks
only with great effort and through considerable pain, and his brain is broken.
Fortunately, he has a friend named "John" who lives in a domed house in
Salt Lake City who can end his pain and restore his life with the stroke of a
pen. Senator Valentine, your concerns are valid: This would, indeed, be a
"Gateway Bill"...a gateway to hope and relief for the suffering children
500+ Utahans die each and every year from "legal" drugs.Not ONE
has ever died from pot, which is "illegal" - and the only side-effect is
having the munchies.
I also need to make a point for commentors such as "Ett": CBD treatment
*works*, and nothing else does (CNN did an hour-long report just last week on
how it saved another little girl with Dravet Syndrome named Charlotte.) And yes,
I am very LDS, so no, I do not advocate for the broad legalization of all
marijuana in all its forms. CBD is an oil that is added a few drops at a time to
Stockton's food, and it contains almost zero THC, so it does not make the
kids high. So, do the math again: CBD is a medicine that saves shildren from
dying of epilepsy, it doesn't make anyone high and holds no appeal on the
street, and it is being requested by a Mormon guy who has never had a drink or a
smoke in his life, but it's still evil because...?
@Ett: It is certain pharmaceutical companies do not want cannibus used for
treatment. It's cheap and a treatment center could grow it itself. That is
a lot of lost revenue. Additionally many prescription medications have terrible,
life-changing side-effects. marijuana seems to just relax people. What do you
think is bad about the plant?
Many drugs that are tried and fail are far more frighting than marijuana. I have
a grandson with multiple health problems (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)and
many of the drugs he has been put on "to see if this helps him" have
made his symptoms worse, not better. I would be very thankful if marijuana could
help him in his great struggles, and would welcome a trial of marijuana for him.
I am certain this will never happen.
I try hard, I really do, to understand why Marijuana is illegal. I admit to
using it 30 years ago in high school, but I honestly haven't since then.
But, especially medicinally it should be legalized, but I think if alcohol,
tobacco and painkillers are legal, why not pot? I just had a neighbor get a DUI
2 months ago because she was stoned out of her head by her prescription meds.
She didn't think it was wrong to abuse her meds because the were
"prescribed". My point is, every drug or medicine will have it's
abusers, however, for the most part, there are real people who need this
medicine and it's insane to me that people can actually argue against it.
This family using these drops will harm NO other person in this state, yet some
people want to withhold out of lack of understanding. I hope this family can get
the help they need. I read on KSL that some people have actually had to move to
Oregon or Colorado to get the meds. That's tragic!
I am still trying to figure out this one. Since I am not a Pharmacist or MD, I
don't know what the answer it.This family want to get a
Marijuana based medication legalized in Utah.What I want to know is
how does the Medical marijuana that they want differ from Marinol (synthetic
cannibus), Nabilone, or Canasol which are already approved and legal by FDA
I can tell you this: If you have never had serious seizures, suffered their
aftermath, lived with the challenges that go with them in just living your life,
if you have watched your life go by not doing what others do because you never
know when or if they will happen, please don't make this about
"society". Make this about health. Even people whose seizures eventually
are contolled lose much of what would have been a productive life if they are
not controlled early enough, because in the world of education, experience, and
career-building, time is everything. By giving children with this form, and any
other form of epilepsy that this medication will help control, a chance to lead
a normal life, it is giving them what those with the voices to decide already
have--a life to call their own. Believe me, it is all anyone with epilepsy
First, please allow me to express to PGVikingDad my sincerest sympathies on your
family's plight. I hope things go better than you foresee.Second, I have a strong reluctance to approve Marijuana in traditional form
for much of anything. The history has been that the gate opens and soon
everyone "needs" it for everything and most of it with little evidence
that there is a real benefit.Third, that said, I see no reason that
plant extracts that are devoid of most of the THC could not be approved.
Legislation could allow for no more than X parts per million of THC and sunset
for review in 5 or 10 years to allow for an even lower threshold once the
extraction process improves.It would seem there is a way to get this
product to those who need it that would not open any significant gate to
legalized Marijuana usage.
PGVikingDad, please know Stockton has my undying support. The one thing I am
most frightened of is another seizure. I had cancer, and the choice of whether
to have chemo--seizures were most likely, and the main reason I chose not to
have it. I'm sure your son feels the same. He's a brave one, braver
that most of us. My prayers go with him and your family, and I sincerely hope
the laws change to allow Stockton and others the medication they need.
Just because I'd rather people stay informed...CBD is a different
compound entirely from THC. (Think of rubbing alcohol and grain alcohol...
Chemical structures related, but not the same)CBD has no
psychotropic effects. It does not get you *high* at all.Cannabidiol is an
EXTREMELY significant medically useful compound.Its been studied for
use with success against seizure disorders including epilepsy, several forms of
cancer, as a painkiller for both neuropathy and inflammation, Schizophrenia, an
anti-inflammatory, symptoms of Parkinsons... The list goes ON AND ON.[Scholar.google.com "cannabidiol treatment"If you're
LDS and anti-cannabis, you need to go read Genesis 1:29 and rethink your
position, and its extracted constituents:"29 And God said,
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all
the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to
you it shall be for meat."
Dig a little bit, you will find the FDA reported that between the years
1997-2005 pot contributed to 279 deaths, with 187 directly related to pot. The
Drug Awareness Network says that in 2002 there were 157 deaths were pot was the
only drug involved, and that there were 581 deaths directed related to pot.
There goes the myth that marijuana has never caused a death.The
Journal of Academy of Pediatrics has published articles that indicate the use of
marijuana can cause strokes and death in kids. Three studies were done, in
1987, 1991, and 1996. There are newer studies that indicate use of pot by
adolescents impairs the development of the brain. And it has been proven that,
like alcohol, pot can impair ones driving.The pubic, it would seem,
does not get a clear picture of the damage that marijuana can, and does, do to
kids and adults. CA, CO, OR, WA, have all gone way past prescription marijuana.
If you start using it as a "controlled" medicine, where does it
stop?Pot is illegal under federal law. Right now we have a
President (self-acclaimed pothead) that ignores enforcement, what happens when
he is replaced?
In that FDA study where Marijuana, Cannabis or Cannbinoids, is the criteria for
*Primary* cause of death, there are still zero. 279 is secondary contribution
only. Which means it *may have been* (but not conclusively) a contributor.Raw cannabis is a potent vasodilator; mixing it with heart medications
(i.e. if you're being treated for some kind of heart condition) or ED drugs
like Viagra/Cialis is not a good idea. It can also speed the absorption of other
drugs because the dilation of blood vessels increases the amount of surface area
available for absorption across any given vascular/organ barrier.In
the era of time-released drugs and molecular absorption-profile engineering,
this can cause all kinds of problems. The case here, is the patient's fault
for not doing their homework.I'm not sure how cannabis could be
a contributor to stroke in any age group, since it reduces blood pressure.
Generally, a stroke is a section of the brain that dies suddenly due to lack of
blood flow. Most strokes are caused by localized increases of pressure (lodged
clots and cholesterol plaque) or ruptured aneurysm due to increased blood
pressure.Cannabis is still safer than tylenol.
Were it my kid I would get the medical marijuana legal or not. A state has no
business depriving people of the medicine they need.
@Fitz: Do a bit of research on Aspirin side-effects and dangers. This common
drug is available over the counter with no restrictions and can be found in just
about every home. According to FDA stats, it's also responsible for
hundreds of accidental deaths each year, as well as thousands of near-deaths --
far more dangerous than any form of marijuana. In fact, if Aspirin were
introduced as a new drug, it would either be made prescription-only or banned
from sale because of the risks. Just about every drug on the market,
prescription or OTC, will have some risks involved with it, but that isn't
a good reason to prohibit their sale. A risk/benefit analysis shows that
marijuana and its derivatives are far safer than many of the drugs you can
purchase at your local grocery store without any restrictions. If you insist on
meds being "totally safe", you'll have to eliminate every single
one of them currently on the market.
If this is a medical drug, then label it as such. Marijuana that has CBD has to
be a drug that is regulated by the FDA, and dispensed like any other narcotic.
It should not be over the counter, nor should it be sold out of shops or on the
street corner. People shouldn't be allowed to grow it. But, we
are far away from that ideal. There are too many variables and too many issues.
Freedom from the nanny state.