Posts tagged ‘Medical Use of Marijuana’

March 22, 2011

Office of National Drug Control Policy response in regard to medical marijuana

Thank you for contacting ONDCP.

On April 20th, 2006, the FDA issued an advisory concluding that no
sound scientific studies have supported medical use of smoked
marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human
data support the safety or efficacy of smoked marijuana for general
medical use.

There are alternative FDA-approved medications in existence for
treatment of many of the proposed uses of smoked marijuana. For
example, a prescription drug, Marinol, is currently available to
anyone with a doctor’s prescription. Marinol contains THC, the active
ingredient in marijuana, and has been approved for some of the same
uses as medicinal marijuana.

To learn more about “medical marijuana,” please visit the following
Web sites:

Medical Marijuana Reality Check
http://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/pdf/marijuana_fs.pdf

Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked Marijuana Is a
Medicine
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01362.html

Medical Marijuana – Marinol
http://www.dea.gov/ongoing/marinol.html

Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base
http://books.nap.edu/html/marimed/

Marijuana Studies/Articles from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/marijuana.html

Marijuana Research Report
http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchReports/Marijuana/default.html

The DEA Position on Marijuana
http://www.dea.gov/marijuana_position.html

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

ONDCP Clearinghouse
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

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March 15, 2011

morphine fails as drug for pain reduction

A headline from the New York Times (dated for Monday September 10) published an article that mentioned the attention to the suffering due to the lack of pain medication. As prescription drug costs have been affected on an international level of concern the certainty of being applicable as relief has lowered leaving many left to withstand constant pain. However, in the article it is mentioned as a comparative example that the cost allotted to make morphine is not at all high bringing mention to an Ugandan hospice Care center that makes it own three week supply of liquid morphine at a cost that is less than a loaf of bread.

As expressed in the article, morphine is the leading prescribed pain drug and has brought forth attention to itself not for the medical qualities that are expressed but for the addictive qualities that have come to be known about the abusive drug. The addictive nature that morphine carries has been mentioned in relation to abuse scandals that have made the politics of the nation to become corrupt, in which has happened to many third world countries that are in need of medical supplies to fill the nations’ need of treatment. The drug of choice has also been mentioned to have tie with the nations’ terrorist threats and makes for the uncertainty of allowing the drug to being prescribed by the doctors and physicians in the country out of fear. Pain relief has not been given the same attention as have the war on drugs; a statement made by David E Joranson (A Director of the Pain Policy Study Group at the University of Wisconsins’ medical School) who also stated “It’s the intense fear of addiction which is often misunderstood.”

Also stated in the article is the affirmative attention taken by other doctors that just simply won’t administer the drug due to the terrorist approach due to the demand of this highly addictive drug as a street level is expressed even though this is a highly prescribed drug for pain reduction.

All strong pain killers called narcotics are derived from the opium poppy. Opiates include heroin, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, codeine, fentanyl, buprenorphine, tramadol, cocaine and other prescribed drugs sold under different names. Over time with continual usage, opiates create dependency and if abruptly stopped or withdrawn can bring forth constant nausea, diarrhea, and death. Knowing this information the efforts are still implicated as being expressed as most patients truly in pain can be weaned off opiates once cured of their current ailment.

Marijuana!

Marijuana in relation to this subject matter has been examined as being a “mild” pain reliever in which is not under the same response as morphine or any other opiate, simply because it is not addictive. There is no major terroristic plot to over rub the country with marijuana to support a personal economic strategy nor are there any allegations in regards to abuse towards marijuana in a political tense of the expression.

So why is it so hard to understand a potentially promising medical function for marijuana?

Morphine has been stated to have side effects that cause hallucinations, loss of appetite, and constipation causing patients even in Japan (expressed in a similar article in the same response towards morphine, same date and news paper) expressed a similar concern towards morphine as a prescribed drug for pain relief. Drug enforcement agencies are struggling to adjust to the new reality, that, marijuana may not be as bad as expressed after all. Most assumptions made about marijuana come from police records that express criminal tendencies and marijuana possession as a common factor to one being arrested.

Hopefully, now this may be warranted as being an agent to undermined the true potentials of marijuana as a medical expression.

July 31, 2009

Immunity from Prosecution

This is the current approach when the consideration of legalizing marijuana is expressed as the state of California submitts it’s reasoning as to why a taxation on marijuana is being considered.

At the general election held on November 5, 1996, the electors approved an initiative statute designated on the ballot as Proposition 215 and entitled “Medical Use of Marijuana.” In pertinent part, the measure added section 11362.5, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. (Prop. 215, § 1, as approved by electors, Gen. Elec. (Nov. 5, 1996) adding § 11362.5, subd. (a).) Subdivision (d) of section 11362.5 (hereafter section 11362.5(d)) provides that “Section 11357, relating to the possession of marijuana, and Section 11358, relating to the cultivation of marijuana, shall not apply to a patient, or to a patient’s primary caregiver, who possesses or cultivates marijuana for the personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician.” This had been the scope considered as the case of the people v.s MYRON CARLYLE MOWER had been presented to consider the simple usage of marijuana as a medical assumption for personal usage by those with severe health issues.

Violations of Health and Safety Code section 11357 have brought the further attention of the state of California to address the case of the people vs. LUCAS A. THAYER. A case in which the specifics had been drawn to consider the expectations expressed in the Health and Safety Code section 11357. Sections 11357 and 11358 of the Health and Safety Code make it a crime to possess and cultivate marijuana. Which brings use to consider the current times as the expectations of allowing marijuana to having a medicinal qualities and possessing the pain releiving properties.

Marijuana is still very much an illegal substance and still has not been cleared by the federal government as a controlled substance that could be used as a medical function for the suggested properties that have been suggested by activist and policy makers alike. As of now marijuana is still being brought forth as a seemingly wonder drug that has been allowed by 13 states so far to be used a a medicinal function when the consideration of pain reduction and appetite stimulation have been suggested by the case presnted so far that have had the approach of marijuana and any medicinal qualities as an issue.

As it stands the state of California has the attention of two inititatives at hand that would bring forth a profitable approach to allow a taxation of marijuana to be considered due to the push to first legalize the uncontrolled substance and then to represent it as having a monetary asumption as a prescibed dug of choice by users.

The Omar Figueroa initiative is broader and would bring complete legalization under state law, while the Richard Lee initiative would create semi-legalization, allowing adults to possess up to one ounce and grow their own in a 5′ x 5′ garden space. The Figueroa initiative would allow the state of California to tax marijuana sales, while the Lee initiative would allow cities and counties to tax marijuana sales. The Figueroa initiative would end marijuana prohibition statewide, while the Lee initiative would give cities and counties the local option to tax and regulate or not, but would also provide that people could still possess and grow the specified amounts even in locales that opt out of regulating.

As the assumption of marijuana having the properties of creating revenue for a state that is faceing one of the most troubling economic assumptions thus far the approach taken has the rest of the nation wondering if medical marijuana could help the burdened health care refom that is of now.