Keep The Lid on Medical Pot List
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Keep The Lid on Medical Pot List
Posted by CN Staff on September 17, 2010 at 05:34:12 PT
Source: Denver Post 
Colorado -- With a dearth of in-depth, scientific studies on the benefits of medical marijuana, it was wise for the state Board of Health to reject a request to expand the list of conditions that people can cite for getting a medical marijuana card.Board members said there wasn't sufficient medical research to support the request, and we concur. In general, there have not been enough studies to determine whether marijuana is beneficial in treating health conditions, a situation that ought to change.
Legislators and voters around the country would make better decisions about how, and whether, marijuana ought to be used to treat medical problems if there were more solid scientific studies to rely on.In Colorado, those who proposed expanding the list of conditions to legally obtain marijuana wanted to include Tourette's syndrome, asthma, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis to the list.The request involving Tourette's got the most consideration. Two small studies by German researchers showed some benefits to sufferers who used THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. But members of the board of health expressed concerns about the health effects of smoking marijuana and the lack of advanced medical research.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency contends prescription Marinol, which contains THC, can be an appropriate substitute for medical marijuana. However, medical marijuana advocates say Marinol doesn't provide relief to all patients and some find alleviation of symptoms only from the fuller range of compounds contained in natural marijuana. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Published: September 17, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on September 17, 2010 at 08:52:31 PT
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on September 17, 2010 at 08:06:36 PT
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so glad these newspaper editors are calling the shots on my health care! They're so eminently qualifed, with all their years of expertise on things like smooth muscle contraction of the airways for asthma, or the molecular mechanism of rheumatoid arthritis.Meddling and hypocrisy seem to be two of our core values. That needs to change. What happened to self-reliance? These BOH folks earned their payments from Big Pharma today, that's for sure.
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