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Marijuana is bad medicine

Monday, May 05, 2014 - Updated: 9:15 PM

Dear Editor,

In this legislative session there is a bill, SB 4406, to approve crude marijuana as a "medicine." The advocates of the legislation claim that "medical" marijuana helps seriously ill people with cancer or AIDS or glaucoma. They paint a picture of elderly ill people who need it for pain relief.

However, "medical" marijuana patient records from California show that 62 percent were between 17 and 35 years of age; and 71 percent were between ages 17 and 40. Only 2.05 percent of customers obtained physician recommendations for AIDS, glaucoma or cancer. An extremely high number of people were using "medical" marijuana for other purposes.

It would be too easy to get marijuana. If you are over age 18, you could obtain marijuana by claiming to have a "serious condition." The definition of "serious condition" is vague and full of loopholes.

If you want a cannabis-based medicine, you do not have to smoke marijuana. There are two approved cannabinoid drugs in pill form already approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (Marinol and Cesamet). The FDA has determined that smoking marijuana for medical use is unsafe. New York should not override the FDA process. It protects vulnerable patients. 

There are no established doses for smoked marijuana. It's unclear how it interacts with other drugs or medical conditions. There is much evidence that smoking marijuana harms sick people.

New York should not model other states' experiences of increased crime, increased substance use_, decreased perception of the harm of marijuana by youth and adults_, increased drug trafficking_ and an overall acceptance of the use of marijuana for many other reasons than the purported medicinal purpose._

The national medical organizations opposed to smoked marijuana as medicine include American Medical Association, _National Multiple Sclerosis Society_, American Glaucoma Society_, American Academy of Ophthalmology, _American Cancer Society, _National Eye Institute, _National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke_ and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Medical Society of the State of New York also sent the state Assembly a position statement opposing any process that entrusts the state Legislature with the function of approving medications.

Dorean Page for the

HFM Prevention Council

Lake Pleasant

     

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