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Severe chronic pain added to medical marijuana

There are 40 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from May 7, 2009, titled Severe chronic pain added to medical marijuana. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

New Mexico Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil has announced that patients with severe chronic pain have been added to the list of those who are eligible to use medical marijuana.

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Psyche Daddy

Alamogordo, NM

#1 May 8, 2009
Well, I have a problem sleeping at night. If they would just add that to the list, I could be liting up right now.
It won't be long and maybe we all will be. Of course, it won't help our typing and maybe our discussions would get a little weird. But heck, there kinda crazy already and there's always somebody complaining about the spelling errors. lol

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#2 May 8, 2009
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Queen of Foo

“Ends never justify means”

Since: Dec 07

Alamogordo

#3 May 8, 2009

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#5 May 8, 2009
Queen of Foo wrote:
http://www.health.state.nm.us/ (information is in PDF on front page)
http://www.health.state.nm.us/marijuana.html
Thanks Queen!
Proud American

Tularosa, NM

#7 May 8, 2009
I believe that good peer-reviewed research will come to show that medical cannabis is more effective with fewer side effects than the meds created by the pharmaceutical industry. And far, far less expensive.

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#8 May 8, 2009
Proud American wrote:
I believe that good peer-reviewed research will come to show that medical cannabis is more effective with fewer side effects than the meds created by the pharmaceutical industry. And far, far less expensive.
Could it be? Is he back?.........;-)

Since: Jun 07

Huntington Park/Oxnard/Burque

#9 May 8, 2009
My grandparents ran a drug store in suburban Los Angeles during the early 1930s, before Prohibition was finally repealed.

W.C. Fields would come in and buy 'medicinal' alcohol, with a prescription from his doctor.

Read old medical and pharmaceutical texts from prior to 1933 or so, and there are many cannabis-based preparations and treatments for a myriad of ailments. Inexpensive and effective, with few side effects and no long-term harm.

Eighty years later we're picking up where we left off. And in the meantime, countless lives have been destroyed by ineffective anti-drug laws. Not to mention the trillion dollars in drug-war spending and lost tax revenue.

And why? Because Southwestern anti-immigrant sentiment (the Mexicans liked their weed) ballooned into nationwide paranoia. Made-up studies, ginned-up stats, and other lies and half-truths convinced Mr. & Mrs. America that marijuana would certainly doom us all.

It's as though with the advance of science (Scopes Monkey Trial was in 1925), the end of Prohibition, and the economic bust, people needed a new evil to blame.

For the next 40 years, silly anti-drug propaganda was shown in movie theaters, schools, and at other public gathering places. Ron and Nancy smiled and said "Just Say No". Prisons were stuffed with users while intelligent people noticed that truth and rational thinking had been abandoned in the name of stamping out this assassin of youth.

Meanwhile, alcohol slaughtered millions, ruined countless families, and made a relative few very wealthy. Today you can buy 3500 different products containing alcohol, but you can legally buy products containing THC only with a prescription, only in some states, and only under threat of the Feds stepping in and arresting you anyway. And we're still arguing over whether to extend medical benefits of a natural vegetable product to those who find it alleviates their suffering.

As a society, we've been stupid and cruel. Those of us who continue to argue for an end to this madness wonder how long the rest of you are going to hang on to this irrational prohibition, and how you're going to make it up to the firedns and families of hundreds of people who die every day in unnecessary pain.

Something tells me you'll probably just have another beer and not think about it at all.

Cheers!
been there

United States

#10 May 8, 2009
People who are not for medical marijuana, have you ever had a loved one sufferring and dying from cancer? What a slow painful death it is. Not just for the victim but for the family. Morphine just knocks the victim out when they are not puking their guts out! With marijuana, at least the victim can keep food down and say their "goodbyes".

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#11 May 8, 2009
been there wrote:
People who are not for medical marijuana, have you ever had a loved one sufferring and dying from cancer? What a slow painful death it is. Not just for the victim but for the family. Morphine just knocks the victim out when they are not puking their guts out! With marijuana, at least the victim can keep food down and say their "goodbyes".
So TRUE!

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#12 May 18, 2009
Interesting!

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/18/governmen...

Top Left of Topix Page.
Old Timer

Honolulu, HI

#13 May 18, 2009
So W.C. Fields was an alcholic based on your grandparents observation. And i thought in Hollywood all of the speakeasy were used by all.
A speakeasy was an establishment which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920–1932, longer in some states). During this time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcohol was illegal. The term comes from a patron’s manner of ordering an alcoholic drink without raising suspicion—bartenders would tell patrons to be quiet and “speak easy".
Speakeasies became more popular and numerous as the Prohibition years progressed, and more of them were operated by people connected to organized crime. Although police and Bureau of Prohibition agents would raid them and arrest the owners and patrons, the business of running speakeasies was so lucrative that they continued to flourish throughout America. In major cities, speakeasies were often quite elaborate, offering food, live music, floor shows, and striptease dancers. Corruption was rampant—speakeasy operators routinely bribed police to leave them alone or to give them advance notice of raids.
So i believe now we have silly climate-change propaganda we will have to live with once the Obama administration and congress force there spending billions on programs that are not proven to do anything but throw borrowed money down some deep hole managed by unions and environemtalists.
As a society, we are and continue to be stupid and cruel. Those of us who continue to argue for an end to this climate control madness wonder how long the rest of you are going to hang on to this irrational propaganda.
Got to go and get that beer before Obama rules against that too.

Since: Aug 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 May 18, 2009
Weed is mind altering simular to alcohol. Is this to indicate that not only driving will be probibited to drinkers, but also to weed smokers?? A nation of people wandering around in a haze. Wonderful -----
Cactus Flower

Alamogordo, NM

#16 May 18, 2009
It seems to me that there are many wandering around in a haze with the laws that are currently in the books. Old Timer, you lost me with your ramblings about "climate-change propaganda" - just what does that have to do with the topic of this thread chronic pain and medical marijuana?
High Rolls resident

Mescalero, NM

#17 May 18, 2009
next time write the diatribe, then drink the six pack.
Old Timer wrote:
So W.C. Fields was an alcholic based on your grandparents observation. And i thought in Hollywood all of the speakeasy were used by all.
A speakeasy was an establishment which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920–1932, longer in some states). During this time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcohol was illegal. The term comes from a patron’s manner of ordering an alcoholic drink without raising suspicion—bartenders would tell patrons to be quiet and “speak easy".
Speakeasies became more popular and numerous as the Prohibition years progressed, and more of them were operated by people connected to organized crime. Although police and Bureau of Prohibition agents would raid them and arrest the owners and patrons, the business of running speakeasies was so lucrative that they continued to flourish throughout America. In major cities, speakeasies were often quite elaborate, offering food, live music, floor shows, and striptease dancers. Corruption was rampant—speakeasy operators routinely bribed police to leave them alone or to give them advance notice of raids.
So i believe now we have silly climate-change propaganda we will have to live with once the Obama administration and congress force there spending billions on programs that are not proven to do anything but throw borrowed money down some deep hole managed by unions and environemtalists.
As a society, we are and continue to be stupid and cruel. Those of us who continue to argue for an end to this climate control madness wonder how long the rest of you are going to hang on to this irrational propaganda.
Got to go and get that beer before Obama rules against that too.

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#18 May 19, 2009
Corruption was rampant—speakeasy operators routinely bribed police to leave them alone or to give them advance notice of raids.

Prohibition was supposed to lower crime and corruption, reduce social problems, lower taxes needed to support prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. Instead, Alcohol became more dangerous to consume; organized crime blossomed; courts and prisons systems became overloaded; and endemic corruption of police and public officials occurred. Much like our War on Drugs.

Our war on drugs has no clear enemy. Anything waged against a shapeless, intangible noun can never truly be won. And yet, within the past 40 years, the U.S. government has spent over $19,600,000,000 dollars fighting the War on Drugs. Despite the ad campaigns, increased incarceration rates and a crackdown on smuggling, the number of illicit drug users in America has risen over the years and now sits at 19.9 million Americans. So how are we doing?

“get yer guns”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#19 May 22, 2009
I think I have that!
LaLo

AOL

#20 May 22, 2009
Ken Nicholson wrote:
Corruption was rampant—speakeasy operators routinely bribed police to leave them alone or to give them advance notice of raids.
Prohibition was supposed to lower crime and corruption, reduce social problems, lower taxes needed to support prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. Instead, Alcohol became more dangerous to consume; organized crime blossomed; courts and prisons systems became overloaded; and endemic corruption of police and public officials occurred. Much like our War on Drugs.
Our war on drugs has no clear enemy. Anything waged against a shapeless, intangible noun can never truly be won. And yet, within the past 40 years, the U.S. government has spent over $19,600,000,000 dollars fighting the War on Drugs. Despite the ad campaigns, increased incarceration rates and a crackdown on smuggling, the number of illicit drug users in America has risen over the years and now sits at 19.9 million Americans. So how are we doing?
You are absolutely correct, Ken, but that shapeless, intangible noun you speak of does have a tangible target.
The War on Drugs is a war by our own government on us, and we are not intangible.

“Our nearest star”

Since: May 09

Alamogordo, NM

#21 Jun 9, 2009
Could using medical marijuana instead of legally prescribed opiates prevented Danny Gans death?
Interesting thing to debate....

Coroner: Danny Gans died accidentally

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans' death was accidental, caused by a prescription painkiller, a coroner said Tuesday.

Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said an autopsy, toxicology and microscopic samples showed the 52-year-old Gans died from toxic levels of hydromorphone. The opiate drug, commonly marketed under the brand name Dilaudid, is used to treat chronic pain, which Gans suffered from, Murphy said.

Murphy said Gans had heart disease caused by high blood pressure — which makes the heart work overtime and left him more susceptible to heart irregularities. Gans also had a condition (polycythemia) that results in too many red blood cells, Murphy said.(The condition is the opposite of anemia.)

"Mr. Gans' health conditions placed him at greater risk for heart irregularities, and the hydromorphone was a factor in exacerbating those risks," Murphy said. "We clearly listed this as accidental."

Gans was found dead in bed at home in Henderson early May 1 after his wife, Julie, reported she couldn't rouse him.

Upon Gans' death, his manager Chip Lightman described Gans as someone who watched his diet, loved to perform and relished his involvement in Las Vegas area fundraisers and philanthropic causes.

"I managed him 18 years and health was never an issue," Lightman told The Associated Press at the time. "Danny lived a good, clean Christian life. He was not a drug user. He would have a glass of wine because they say red wine is good for you. He didn't smoke."

On Tuesday, Lightman said: "Everyone knew he had two shoulder surgeries and excruciating back problems."

Lightman attributed Gans' chronic pain to back injuries dating to his years playing minor league baseball and to the rigors of his performances.

A one-time minor league baseball player, Gans was a singer-actor-impressionist who spent more than a decade working his way to top billing at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip.

His show brought impressions in rapid-fire succession — Tony Bennett, Al Pacino, Sarah Vaughan, Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Kermit the Frog, Jimmy Stewart.

A May 21 memorial drew about 1,000 guests at the Encore.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_danny_gans
Not in Ill Bad speller

United States

#22 Jun 10, 2009
At least all the nonsense and bs talk from the smoker will be for a reason instead of just a pot-head who won't shut up.
Not in Ill Bad speller

United States

#24 Jun 10, 2009
BarbMoore wrote:
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What the hell are you talking about?
the hell I'm talking about is listening to a pot smoker after they get high.
Got it this time?

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