Teen marijuana 'does treat my pain'

John Dunbar is only 19, but a disease that attacked the nerves in his legs makes it difficult and painful for him to walk. Full Story
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MovedoutofMichig an

Alva, FL

#2 Apr 1, 2009
Toke em up dude!
Who0o0o0o Wheeeeee!
Smell that,Mmmmmm The mean green!
Rayzak

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Apr 1, 2009
We should just use alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and firearms to treat such pains. Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and firearms have never caused any problem in our society.
bob marley

Grandville, MI

#4 Apr 1, 2009
sometimes I get a headache...
pot helps the pain.
sometimes my back hurts after a long car ride...
pot helps my pain.
my girlfriend just dumped me...
pot helps my pain

remember, "no woman, no cry"
remember, "no ganja, no high"

Robert Marley
A Pain

Grand Haven, MI

#6 Apr 1, 2009
Got my paperwork ready to mail! I can't wait!

Since: Feb 09

nowhere

#7 Apr 1, 2009
well then they should just hide it like everyone else does if they are worried. people buy it and grow it everyday without getting arrested.
Becky

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Apr 1, 2009
I got it wrote:
I got your cure its called a bullet, white powler
What do you do - go to every forum and threaten a bullet?
come on

United States

#9 Apr 1, 2009
It's instances like this I understand. But not for losers like Copp. Imagine telling that to an employer in an interview. "I did illegal drugs and was shot too. I'm a have a good work ethic...."

SEE YA
billy mate

Saint Charles, IL

#10 Apr 1, 2009
come on wrote:
It's instances like this I understand. But not for losers like Copp. Imagine telling that to an employer in an interview. "I did illegal drugs and was shot too. I'm a have a good work ethic...."
SEE YA
You my friend are an idiot! Why do you have any thing against pot? why? Tell me 5 good reasons it shouldnt be legal. Your just brain washed that's all
Ted Nugent

Coopersville, MI

#11 Apr 1, 2009
Dude even looks like a stoner, they make it sound like he never used until he had pain and then magically grew his hippie hair and developed glazed over eyes. Good PR for the ganja gang.
Ted Nugent

Coopersville, MI

#12 Apr 1, 2009
billy mate wrote:
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You my friend are an idiot! Why do you have any thing against pot? why? Tell me 5 good reasons it shouldnt be legal. Your just brain washed that's all
I am going to answer the idiot stoners, please shut up once and for all with your "pot never hurt anyone" statement. Just because you say it doesn't make it true.
EFFECTS OF HABITUAL MARIJUANA USE ON THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The most potent argument against the use of marijuana to treat medical disorders is that marijuana may cause the acceleration or aggravation of the very disorders it is being used to treat.
Smoking marijuana regularly (a joint a day) can damage the cells in the bronchial passages which protect the body against inhaled microorganisms and decrease the ability of the immune cells in the lungs to fight off fungi, bacteria, and tumor cells. For patients with already weakened immune systems, this means an increase in the possibility of dangerous pulmonary infections, including pneumonia, which often proves fatal in AIDS patients.
Studies further suggest that marijuana is a general "immunosuppressant" whose degenerative influence extends beyond the respiratory system.
Ted Nugent

Coopersville, MI

#13 Apr 1, 2009
Regular smoking has been shown to materially affect the overall ability of the smokerís body to defend itself against infection by weakening various natural immune mechanisms, including macrophages (a.k.a. "killer cells") and the all-important T-cells. Obviously, this suggests the conclusion, which is well-supported by scientific studies, that the use of marijuana as a medical therapy can and does have a very serious negative effect on patients with pre-existing immune deficits resulting from AIDS, organ transplantation, or cancer chemotherapy, the very conditions for which marijuana has most often been touted and suggested as a treatment. It has also been shown that marijuana use can accelerate the progression of HIV to full-blown AIDS and increase the occurrence of infections and Kaposiís sarcoma. In addition, patients with weak immune systems will be even less able to defend themselves against the various respiratory cancers and conditions to which consistent marijuana use has been linked, and which are discussed briefly under "Respiratory Illnesses."

In conclusion, it seems that the potential dangers presented by the medical use of marijuana may actually contribute to the dangers of the diseases which it would be used to combat. Therefore, I suggest that marijuana should not be permitted as a therapy, at least until a good deal more conclusive research has been completed concerning its debilitating effect on the immune system.

For more on this topic, please see Donald P. Tashkin, M.D., "Effects of Marijuana on the Lung and Its Immune Defenses," Secretary's Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Intiative: Resource Papers, March 1997, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Pages 33-51 of this address can be found at the website of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University, located at http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/druginfo/tashkin - marijuana.html.

Ted Nugent

Coopersville, MI

#14 Apr 1, 2009



RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES

The main respiratory consequences of smoking marijuana regularly (one joint a day) are pulmonary infections and respiratory cancer, whose connection to marijuana use has been strongly suggested but not conclusively proven. The effects also include chronic bronchitis, impairment in the function of the smaller air passages, inflammation of the lung, the development of potentially pre-cancerous abnormalities in the bronchial lining and lungs, and, as discussed, a reduction in the capabilities of many defensive mechanisms within the lungs.

Marijuana smoke and cigarette smoke contain many of the same toxins, including one which has been identified as a key factor in the promotion of lung cancer. This toxin is found in the tar phase of both, and it should be noted that one joint has four times more tar than a cigarette, which means that the lungs are exposed four-fold to this toxin and others in the tar. It has been concretely established that smoking cigarettes promotes lung cancer (which causes more than 125,000 deaths in the US every year), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and increased incidence of respiratory tract infections. This implies, but does not establish, that smoking marijuana may lead to some of the same results as smoking cigarettes. It is notable that several reports indicate an unexpectedly large proportion ofmarijuana users among cases of lung cancer and cancers of the oral cavity,pharynx, and larynx. Thus, it appears that the use of marijuana as a medicine has the potential to further harm an already ill patient in the same way that taking up regular cigarette smoking would, particularly in light of the fact that those patients for whom marijuana is recommended are already poorly equipped to fight off these infections and diseases.
IWantMyCountryBa ck

Saint Charles, IL

#15 Apr 1, 2009
What a load of crap. Dopeheads - just what this miserable excuse for a state needs. How about we get some people who are producers in charge instead of users and communists?
Whatever

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Apr 1, 2009
Go smoke your dope you hippie. Just another bum the rest of the working people will support.
Bob

Wyoming, MI

#17 Apr 1, 2009
And I guess thats all the eggs in the basket!!!! Thanks Ted......
Hah

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Apr 1, 2009
He is the best argument FOR that you could come up with? What a joke. This is about getting a blessing to smoke weed, nothing more.
Facebooker

Grand Blanc, MI

#19 Apr 1, 2009
Who cares? If he wants to smoke it and it eases pain, let him. The voters spoke.
Fred

Ionia, MI

#20 Apr 1, 2009
I have low back issues and in the passed when I was just about bedridden I did use it once in while when the pain was really bad. It did help me with the pain.
Ease Up

Troy, MI

#21 Apr 1, 2009
Ted Nugent wrote:
RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES
The main respiratory consequences of smoking marijuana regularly (one joint a day) are pulmonary infections and respiratory cancer, whose connection to marijuana use has been strongly suggested but not conclusively proven. The effects also include chronic bronchitis, impairment in the function of the smaller air passages, inflammation of the lung, the development of potentially pre-cancerous abnormalities in the bronchial lining and lungs, and, as discussed, a reduction in the capabilities of many defensive mechanisms within the lungs.
Marijuana smoke and cigarette smoke contain many of the same toxins, including one which has been identified as a key factor in the promotion of lung cancer. This toxin is found in the tar phase of both, and it should be noted that one joint has four times more tar than a cigarette, which means that the lungs are exposed four-fold to this toxin and others in the tar. It has been concretely established that smoking cigarettes promotes lung cancer (which causes more than 125,000 deaths in the US every year), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and increased incidence of respiratory tract infections. This implies, but does not establish, that smoking marijuana may lead to some of the same results as smoking cigarettes. It is notable that several reports indicate an unexpectedly large proportion ofmarijuana users among cases of lung cancer and cancers of the oral cavity,pharynx, and larynx. Thus, it appears that the use of marijuana as a medicine has the potential to further harm an already ill patient in the same way that taking up regular cigarette smoking would, particularly in light of the fact that those patients for whom marijuana is recommended are already poorly equipped to fight off these infections and diseases.
Whats your point? You want a nanny state Ted? Is that what you want? You want government to tell you what you can and cannot do in your home if that particular activity may slightly harm you? Lets make cigarettes and alcohol illegal too. How about red meat? Twinkies? You crack me up Kemo Sabe. Your kind is always looking to get government off your back but when it suits your ignorant agenda suddenly you are all for government sticking it's nose in OTHER people's business. Funny how that is. What I do in my own home during my time is none of your business or the government's as long as what I am doing does not harm another living soul on this planet. I don't drink beer or alcohol or smoke cigarettes. I don't gamble or eat fast food. I don't even drink caffine. I have been faithfully married for 26 years and have been employed by the same employer for two years beyond that. My lifetime wrap sheet consists of a speeding ticket for 10 mph over the limit on an expressway in 1984. I put two kids through college and both are well adjusted, productive members of society, one is married and one just graduated college. My home is paid for and I have a brand new F-150 in my garage that I just paid cash for and this summer I am thinking of replacing my 1998 Fatboy with a new HD.

I have paid my dues in life and what I dont need is some self righteous punk on the internet deciding what is right for me. If I choose to light up a few times a week on my own time without any obligations and while in my own home I don't consider myself a criminal. There is only a few people in this world I have to answer to and you, Mister, ain't one of 'em. You are nothing but a big blow-hard blowing hot air up everyone's ass in here.
say what

West Bloomfield, MI

#22 Apr 1, 2009
Ease Up wrote:
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Whats your point?
The point is that a drug to treat any condition should do more good than harm. That is not the case here.

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