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
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?
"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
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.
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.
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?
A Fabulous Jen, Please do not confuse cannabis with so called synthetic pot.
Spice and its cohorts are not marijuana, not even close.
At least people who want it, medical or otherwise, can get it.
Take away everything from the addict population. They will abuse everything and
anything. Don't punish everyone else.
@CaliCougarThe 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.
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.#patientsnotcriminals
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?
Scare 'em. Scare 'em good!
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.
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.
@ 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.
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.
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.
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
''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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“.........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.