Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up Again in West Michigan

Jul 23, 2013 Full story: WXMI-TV Grand Rapids 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- The medical marijuana debate is heating up again in West Michigan with prosecutors, judges and police still trying to define the ramifications of the Medical Marijuana Act passed by voters in 2008.

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#1 Jul 24, 2013
The ramifications? Really!?!?

The "ramifications" are the potheads thought they were going to get all the free pot they wanted, and some are.

“Selected Marksman”

Since: Aug 08

Northern Virginia

#2 Aug 7, 2013
Who wrote:
The ramifications? Really!?!?
The "ramifications" are the potheads thought they were going to get all the free pot they wanted, and some are.
And the reality is there are truely good applications and uses and you blindly continue to deny mj's usefullness.

Read it and weep...unless you think you actually know more than the doctors that are treating this girl...
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlott...

“Selected Marksman”

Since: Aug 08

Northern Virginia

#3 Aug 7, 2013
Who wrote:
The ramifications? Really!?!?
The "ramifications" are the potheads thought they were going to get all the free pot they wanted, and some are.
And some folks are using it legally for good reasons, just like prescription drugs are misused so is mj...get over it.

Here's an article from CNN....yet another "miracle" that is helping a little girl. Read the article, they had her on 7 addictive prescription drugs...nothing helped, except medical mj...from CNN...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlott...
James

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Aug 7, 2013
Mr Wiggley wrote:
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And some folks are using it legally for good reasons, just like prescription drugs are misused so is mj...get over it.
Here's an article from CNN....yet another "miracle" that is helping a little girl. Read the article, they had her on 7 addictive prescription drugs...nothing helped, except medical mj...from CNN...
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlott...
Mr. Wiggley, I am not going to argue with you that marijuana may have some legitimate therapeutic properties. There are some problems I have with it being used as a drug.

First; the marijuana plant contains more than 400 highly variable chemical compounds. There's no difference between "medical-grade" marijuana and "street" marijuana. The marijuana sold as medicine at pot dispensaries carries the same contaminants -- fungi, bacteria, pesticides and other substances -- found in street pot, which is part of the reason the FDA has balked at claims that smoked whole-plant marijuana is medicine. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration continues to classify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug because of its high potential for abuse.

Second; while anecdotal reports suggest that marijuana can help with chemotherapy-induced nausea and pain, the American Medical Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma Society and other medical groups have noted that inhaled smoke carries health risks and is an imprecise way to deliver any drug to the bloodstream. Much in the same way patients donít smoke raw opium to experience the benefits of a drug like morphine, they don't need to inhale burned pot leaves shoved into a bong or rolled in rice paper to get therapeutic value. The FDA has studied and approved components of marijuana, including synthetic THC, for medical use in pill form. Before the end of the year, it will likely approve Sativex, a marijuana-derived mouth spray for Multiple Sclerosis spasticity and cancer pain that is rapidly absorbed, suitable for those who suffer from nausea and has undergone rigorous scientific testing.

Third; Smoking marijuana effects not only the body, but also the mind. Your ability to grasp reality is significantly altered. Often it is used to mask the symptoms rather than to treat the problem.

“Selected Marksman”

Since: Aug 08

Northern Virginia

#5 Aug 8, 2013
James wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr. Wiggley, I am not going to argue with you that marijuana may have some legitimate therapeutic properties. There are some problems I have with it being used as a drug.
First; the marijuana plant contains more than 400 highly variable chemical compounds. There's no difference between "medical-grade" marijuana and "street" marijuana. The marijuana sold as medicine at pot dispensaries carries the same contaminants -- fungi, bacteria, pesticides and other substances -- found in street pot, which is part of the reason the FDA has balked at claims that smoked whole-plant marijuana is medicine. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration continues to classify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug because of its high potential for abuse.
Second; while anecdotal reports suggest that marijuana can help with chemotherapy-induced nausea and pain, the American Medical Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma Society and other medical groups have noted that inhaled smoke carries health risks and is an imprecise way to deliver any drug to the bloodstream. Much in the same way patients donít smoke raw opium to experience the benefits of a drug like morphine, they don't need to inhale burned pot leaves shoved into a bong or rolled in rice paper to get therapeutic value. The FDA has studied and approved components of marijuana, including synthetic THC, for medical use in pill form. Before the end of the year, it will likely approve Sativex, a marijuana-derived mouth spray for Multiple Sclerosis spasticity and cancer pain that is rapidly absorbed, suitable for those who suffer from nausea and has undergone rigorous scientific testing.
Third; Smoking marijuana effects not only the body, but also the mind. Your ability to grasp reality is significantly altered. Often it is used to mask the symptoms rather than to treat the problem.
Some of your post does not reflect the true, total opinion of the AMA and other medical organizations. They recognize the restrictions put out by the government have severly restricted the study of mj and it's benefits.
The big drug companies do not want it's benefits revealed...they would stand to lose huge amounts of money...all because of a common plant that grows like a weed.
The biggest growing problem is with people's addiction to addictive prescription drugs that were hailed as harmless...yet as each addictive drug was introduced I, not you, heard not one voice of concern about addiction or other side affects...until one mentions mj....odd and rather lopsided don't you think??

Then there is the reality...
Read this...
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-ch...
James

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Aug 8, 2013
Mr Wiggley wrote:
<quoted text>
Some of your post does not reflect the true, total opinion of the AMA and other medical organizations. They recognize the restrictions put out by the government have severly restricted the study of mj and it's benefits.
The big drug companies do not want it's benefits revealed...they would stand to lose huge amounts of money...all because of a common plant that grows like a weed.
The biggest growing problem is with people's addiction to addictive prescription drugs that were hailed as harmless...yet as each addictive drug was introduced I, not you, heard not one voice of concern about addiction or other side affects...until one mentions mj....odd and rather lopsided don't you think??
Then there is the reality...
Read this...
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-ch...
Mr. Wiggley, I do realize the addictiveness of regular prescription drugs and believe me just as concerned about it as you are. I stand united with you on that account. I also am saying that before we jump hog-wild on a trend to allow medical marijuana use, there should be more testing to find a safer way to use the benefits of this drug. You should be in agreement with this as well because marijuana is an addictive drug. As you pointed out about the misuse of prescription medication. I just want a safer medical treatment before we drug up the population.

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