Op-ed: Pressure to push medical marijuana might just backfire

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  • Yorkshire Logan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 9:38 a.m.

    Rick For Truth said: "If there should be any redeeming medicinal value to a substance contained within the marijuana plant, then harvest or synthesis it and place it into a capsule or pill form and prescribe it like any other drug."

    SO true.
    That right there is the test for all these claims.

    If it really is medicinal, they will do this---- and drop all the other nonsense.

    But we all know there is more to it than that.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 4:41 p.m.

    To "pragmatistferlife" the solution is as it always has been. If you want medical marijuana, then put it to the same testing that all other drugs have gone through. We know it is possible with medical marijuana because there are drugs like Marinol out there that are derivatives of marijuana. If they can get it for Marinol, why can't they get it for other derivatives and uses?

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    "The consequences of replacing an opioid (sic) crisis with a marijuana crisis could be significant."

    This opinion was full of fallacious points but none show the authors lack of knowledge on the subject more than this one. Comparing heroin to pot is like comparing a Uzi to a banana.

    But I do get a chuckle when our resident supposed conservative 'think tank' argues against the freedom of people to be able to handle a plant which has been used by millions of people millions of times and has never had one overdose.

    Your 'concern' is noted

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 10:36 a.m.

    Data wins. Any decision on medical cannabis must be evidence-based. The current number of people who are dependent on street drugs, legal controlled medication and alcohol confirms that many people use these substances for non-medical purposes. The state has a responsibility to make scientifically valid decisions on new medications.

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    Nov. 12, 2017 8:41 p.m.

    Penicillin is derived from mold, but I don't think it's a good idea to go feed your child moldy bread the next time they develop a strep infection. The dosage is wrong, the method of administration is not optimal, and there are likely other agents present that will make strep the least of your problems.

    If marijuana has medicinal benefits, then it needs to be treated like every other medicine: a controlled substance that is manufactured and processed to maximize its medicinal qualities while minimizing the risk. I'm more willing to take the word of peer-reviewed studies and scientists at the CDC than the pothead down the street that claims marijuana cured his grandma's cancer, and right now the vast majority of scientists say there isn't enough research to determine the effectiveness of marijuana.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 12:42 p.m.

    Still stuck in the "reefer madness" of the 40s and 50s. States that have legalized medical marijuana have seen a reduction in opioid addiction and deaths. It is a far better way to treat pain. Marijuana is not physically addictive. It can become psychologically addictive. So can sugar. Only about 9% of those who use marijuana become "addicted." It is 30% for tobacco, 23% for heroin, 21% for cocaine, and 15% for alcohol, all of which have withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana is not the gateway drug. That has been refuted in multiple studies. Alcohol is the gateway drug. There have been no overdose deaths from marijuana. And it does not have to be smoked. Several pharmaceutical drugs are far more dangerous, addictive, with more adverse side effects. How about getting out of mid-20th century and being a part of the science and medical advances of the 21st century?

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Nov. 12, 2017 12:30 p.m.

    A Fabulous Jen, Please do not confuse cannabis with so called synthetic pot. Spice and its cohorts are not marijuana, not even close.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 12:20 p.m.

    At least people who want it, medical or otherwise, can get it.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 11:09 a.m.

    Take away everything from the addict population. They will abuse everything and anything. Don't punish everyone else.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 10:40 a.m.

    The primary gateway with marijuana isn't the drug itself but the fact it's illegal. Being illegal means people accessing it are developing some sort of connection closer towards the sort of people from which other drugs are more likely to come from.

  • gman West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    I am so happy people are seeing this Opt Ed for what it is. About 2 years ago I attended a Davis County Republican Women event where The Southerland Institute spoke out against Medical Cannabis including a few mothers that have lost family members to drug addiction. I was at this event beginning my journey to learn about and help the Medical Cannabis movement. The proponents were from TRUCE and the Libertas Institute. My heart broke for the mothers that have lost sons to drug addiction. I too have lost a very close family member to drug addiction 2.5 years ago. That breaks my heart too.

    ALL of the studies in Israel and other places show that Cannabis has major medical benefits and addiction levels FOR SOME similar to caffeine, soda and sugar addictions. It is disgusting that our State Legislators allow and PROFIT heavily off of Tobacco and alcohol yet refuse a plant to patients that can not kill you and is medically beneficial.

    Our State Legislators should be concerned with public safety issues; not telling a citizen they can not use a plant as medicine.

    Do Not Believe the Scare Tactics. Talk to a patient that needs this.


  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 12, 2017 8:43 a.m.

    So conservatives if you have another solution for chronic pain other than opioids or marijuana let's have it.

    Those suffering from one of the most hideous afflictions known to man, chronic pain, are the victims of your beliefs.

    No one denies the dangers of opioids, and no one denies that any substance can be misused, but as you move from one article to the next and listen to your arguments nowhere, yes nowhere, do you talk about the chronically suffering person. Your sole interest is the propagation of your ideologies.

    The promotion of marijuana as a pain reliever is based on the need of the patient.

    I love the authors statistics 1 in 10, promoting the hideous consequences to the one, while completely failing to account for the potential life saving benefits to the 9.

    Where in your conservative ideology is their room for the humane?

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    Scare 'em. Scare 'em good!

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 6:40 a.m.

    Thanks, Sutherland Institute for a piece highlighting your 1950's version of the world.

    In 2017 twenty-nine states have marijuana legal in some form.
    There are many real medical uses for marijuana that improve lives.
    States with legal marijuana have lower rates of opioid addiction.
    Colorado has made half a billion dollars in taxes since making it legal.

    Is recreational marijuana good? I would say it's about the same as drinking alcohol - not a great idea but probably ok in moderation if you are so inclined. But adults should be able to make those choices for themselves. We need to stop living in a nanny state. Stop this misinformation.

  • Millenial Snow Sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 6:29 a.m.

    This is a gross oversimplification.

    I have friends who have divorced over the husband's love of video games. People who are unhappy with their life can find distractions in lots of ways, not just drugs or alcohol.

    The issue here is we have a substance that has a medical use but because of 50 years of misinformation we aren't even allowed to study it. Opiates are far more dangerous and have absolutely ruined lives and yet they are still legal because in specific circumstances they are very useful. Marijuana should be the same. The risk of "abuse" should not outweigh the potential benefits.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 11:35 p.m.

    @ Rick for Truth

    "If there should be any redeeming medisanaal value to a substance contained within the marijuana plant, then harvest or synthesis it and place it into a capsule or pill form ..."

    Synthetic marijuana has put people in hospital emergency rooms.

    Nov. 11, 2017 7:30 p.m.

    Don't put everyone into the same classification. Cannabis oil does not make a person high, it has very little THC and has been used all over the world for pain and seizure control.

    It should not be compared to the use of the full marijuana plant, nor to it's users.

    Please people, educate yourself, people are suffering pain and seizures, and don't need to be. It's cruel to force some that are terminal, to go through this because of the bad reputation of the full plant.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 6:15 p.m.

    Medical marijuana, when used properly, can greatly alleviate human suffering. Instead of the typical knee-jerk reaction against anything to do with it, let's at least study it with an open mind.

    All of the regulations in the world will not prevent someone abusing some type of substance, such as paint or gasoline, but those haven't been banned. It would be nice to not take "the sky is falling" attitude and give this a fair shake. Fat chance, but it would be nice.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 6:15 p.m.

    If there should be any redeeming medisanaal value to a substance contained within the marijuana plant, then harvest or synthesis it and place it into a capsule or pill form and prescribe it like any other drug. I say no, I say never, to any kind of baloney store fronts selling so called medical marijuana! It is a scam for drug addicted people. Unhappy, then move to Taxifornia, move to Colotaxido.

  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 4:20 p.m.

    ''Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found strong evidence that marijuana is addictive. About 1 in 10 users will become addicted, and that number increases to 1 in 6 when the user begins before age 18.'' Tobacco and alcohol are pathway drugs to MJ and addictions, drug abuse. Those who say MJ is rot addictive are many of the same who want liberal DUI blood alcohol levels, and oppose restrictions.

  • CaliCougar American Fork, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 3:21 p.m.

    I can see from the first three comments to this article that some people have blinders on when it comes to the downside of marijuana use. I don't. I have seen it destroy peoples lives, including members of my family. I guess these first commenters simply want to dismiss the information in this article as if it doesn't exist. Well, it does exist.

    "And marijuana use as a gateway to opioids is as valid as milk is to alcoholics."

    I still can't believe there are people who want to run the narrative that marijuana is not a gateway drug. This narrative either comes from deception, ignorance or naivety. I have seen dozens and dozens of examples in my life of people starting with marijuana and then moving on to harder drugs of all kinds.

    There is no question that marijuana can have psychological addictive tendencies. Again, I have seen this effects numerous times.

    Having said the above, I realize there can be some medicinal benefits to the use of cannibis. I support medical marijuana under significant regulation. I hope Utah handles this matter carefully and thoughtfully. There is much emotion around issue, and it can cloud rational thinking.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Nov. 11, 2017 3:11 p.m.

    This article by Sutherland Institute is right up there with the old Government propaganda film Reefer Madness. I thought Sutherland had a more Libertarian bent than this.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 1:58 p.m.

    I could see how someone might be painted into a corner after they discover that medical marijuana is the best treatment for their ailment compared to the other pharmaceutical drugs with the undesired side effects that doctors try pushing on their patients. There are probably many in the medical industry that don't want to see medical marijuana cut into their markets because it would hurt their pocket book for patients to be growing their own medicine. Just look into the US governments ownership on the patents for medical marijuana use on a myriad of health conditions and ask yourself why it's being held back from the public.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 12:47 p.m.

    Medical marijuana has withstood a great deal of hysteria to be legally available in twenty-six states. These states include North Dakota, Arkansas, and Louisiana, hardly liberal bastions.

    The challenge in Utah is how to out-do the hysteria that has failed in so many states. This writer is trying hard but I'm not sure she is being hysterical enough.

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 12:29 p.m.

    “.........my friend said.” Well, there’s some verifiable evidence of the evils of marijuana. About as supportable as the old government movie Reefer Madness.

    “In 1970, a published study said opioid addiction was rare if patients had no addiction history.”

    I graduated Pharmacy School in 1970 and NO ONE believed opioid addiction was rare. I did volunteer work at a Methadone treatment clinic in Philadelphia, and the number of patients seeking treatment were anything but rare and their addiction was real and had nothing to do with marijuana. And marijuana use as a gateway to opioids is as valid as milk is to alcoholics.

    Anything can be “published”, and to throw out an unsupported source such as that demonstrates the lack of validity of your opinion. I would recommend educating yourself on some real research on cannabis and then get back to us.