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‘Medical’ marijuana is a concern for all

April 12, 2014

The controversial topic of “medical” marijuana, the use of an illegal and unstudied substance by the lay public, promoted as a treatment for serious illnesses, and its societal role being decided by......

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JusticeJTMP

Apr-16-14 1:13 PM

You are mistaken. There are a number of reputable scientific companies researching the cannabinoids found in medical cannabis in a very serious and controlled environment; one of the main ones is SCLabs. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (***********cmcr.ucsd.edu/) is also doing great work. I am being monitored by a professional doctor for my treatment. It is a very mild and safe drug, with no side effects and you cannot overdose. Relax dude. You of all people seem to me in the most direst need to sit down, chill, and smoke some cannabis.

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cfh101proof

Apr-14-14 6:09 PM

You reference the studies from New Zealand and how marijuana use lowers the IQ? Interesting, because Im sure you promote fluoride even though there have been two Harvard studies that show a reduced IQ by up to 6 points in children who drink fluoridated water. How can you know about the one study all the way from New Zealand but not know about the Harvard study? Look it up. It's on Harvards website. Will you speak out against fluoride after you read that study?? You should be more informed for an M.D.

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cfh101proof

Apr-14-14 6:02 PM

You can bet the entire farm that the US government have done countless studies on pot to determine if there are any medical benefits for sick people if they use it. They just never admitted doing this so then they don't need to release the results of their findings. Don't be so naive, Dr. Martin. If they announced that Mary Jane does in fact, cure cancer, that would be the end of all the funding for cancer research, bracelets, walks, runs, pink shirts, donations. They couldn't sell chemo medicine, radiate people for 5,000-10,000 a session. Their cancer business would END! Research "The Ricky Simpson story."

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23aka23

Apr-13-14 11:56 AM

After nearly twenty years of legalized medical cannabis in California, the CMA is calling for the complete legalization of cannabis. Perhaps, he might peruse the latest Israeli studies on PTS and cannabis. Or Scripps Research's finding that THC inhibits the the formation of amyloid plaque in Alzheimer's patients more efficiently than currently ! available pharmaceuticals. Perhaps, he might begin catching up by reviewing McGill University Health Centre's clinical trials concerning the effects of cannabis on arthritis. Or the 1974 experiments at the Virginia School of Medicine that were replicated in 2000 by researchers in Madrid that showed cannabis destroyed cancerous brain-tumors. Or, California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research's “randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials on the medical utility of inhaled cannabis... [utilizing] the so-called 'gold standard' FDA clinical trial design [concluding] that marijuana ought to be a 'first line treatment' for patients with neuro

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23aka23

Apr-13-14 11:50 AM

It continues to astound me that ignorance on the level of the "physician" who authored this article still qualifies someone for a medical license in Minnesota. How many double-blind, peer-reviewed medical trials are necessary before people like C. Paul Martin, M.D. will accept the fact that medical cannabis is both safe and effective for a wide range of illnesses? The dope his ilk pushes is in many cases pure poison, but at least he can profit from it.

I hope that every legislator in this state is aware that many, many Minnesotans are paying close attention to what each and every one of them are doing to help relieve the pain and suffering of our citizens.Their votes WILL be noted, and come election we WILL remember.

Quit stalling, blithering over an open and shut case for legalization, blathering nonsense over medical cannabis being a dangerous mystery, and trying to appear concerned if you aren't. All that matters is results. Get it done, or we'll vote you out.

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hartman75

Apr-12-14 4:13 PM

ProCon dot org reveals the history of marijuana legislation much of which was influenced by the AMA. It also includes the pros and cons of marijuana use and dispels some of the myths, allowing individuals to reach their own conclusion.

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hartman75

Apr-12-14 4:09 PM

According to an NCBI abstract, “Current guidelines and recommendations for genotoxicity testing of pharmaceuticals are disparate, both in terms of the most appropriate tests to use and the protocols to follow.” Add to that the many examples of how profits have motivated pharmaceutical companies to release drugs even when test results are suspect or even go so far as to alter test results in order to make the drug appear effective.

Marijuana has been around for decades yet there is no evidence to suggest that moderate use is harmful. “More than 20 prescription medicines containing marijuana were sold in U.S. pharmacies at the turn of the 20th century. Pot-based medications were commonly available until 1942, when cannabis was stricken from the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the official compendium of drugs considered effective. From 1937 to 1942 the federal government collected a tax of $1 per ounce for such drugs.”

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hartman75

Apr-12-14 4:09 PM

Clearly Dr. Martin has failed to adequately explore past and present research concerning medicinal marijuana use. For example, a “2005 study showed cannabinoids' ability to promote neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus, the brain region responsible for many important brain functions including mood and memory”. The research which does exist prompted Dr. Sanjay Gupta to publicly advocate the effectiveness of marijuana in treating neuropathic pain and Multiple Sclerosis. Conversely, Dr. Martin appears to have based his opinion on anecdotal evidence. There are two completely different types of marijuana each of which have different effects on the user. However, anyone who has experience using marijuana would find it doubtful that under its influence alone an individual would be impelled to place their hand into a running engine to “get in tune”. (cont.)

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BossIlluminati

Apr-12-14 12:47 PM

they told me it could never be done, the task is too big...took me 1 year to get it done in cali in my first vote ever...long live class of '96, we run this bad boy....

using the last few decades of tricks here in cali on the rest of the country...the time is now....my crew (under 40) thinks sugar is more harmful then marijuana, ride on them apples

love and freedom forever

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BossIlluminati

Apr-12-14 12:45 PM

from 0 states to half the country...not stopping until i get all 50 states...then i'll stop

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BossIlluminati

Apr-12-14 12:44 PM

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions Deaths by Tobacco: Millions Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in l

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:17 AM

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.

Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

Support Medical Marijuana Now!

"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:17 AM

"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:17 AM

"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:17 AM

"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:16 AM

"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:16 AM

"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:15 AM

"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

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BrianKelly

Apr-12-14 6:15 AM

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.

Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

Support Medical Marijuana Now!

"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

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