Medical marijuana for children raises questions, draws praise

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  • PhilDeBowl Grant, WA
    July 11, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    You 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?

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 11, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Sabrecat South Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    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 recreational purposes.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 11, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    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. Research.

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 11, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    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?

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    July 11, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    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.

  • PhilDeBowl Grant, WA
    July 11, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    Did 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.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 11, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    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.

  • PhilDeBowl Grant, WA
    July 11, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    @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?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 11, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    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.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    July 11, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    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 other medication.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    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.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    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*. WHY?

  • Sabrecat South Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    July 11, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    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 understanding them.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 11, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    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 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?

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 10, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    Pot is not need in the pain medical community. It's all an excuse to smoke legal. Period.