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'Medical' marijuana — we should look before we leap
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But, the societies say, patients should never smoke marijuana as a THC delivery method because pot smoke is a known carcinogen –– two to five times more potent than cigarette smoke, depending on which part of the cannabis plant is smoked, according to a 2007 study by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. The societies also say we need to further study whether marijuana’s active ingredients have any real medicinal value, or whether we’re kidding ourselves.

Here’s what the societies have said about marijuana in recent policy statements, which are found on the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s website:

The American Cancer Society supports “more research into the benefits of cannabinoids. Better and more effective treatments are needed to overcome the side effects of cancer and its treatment. However, the ACS does not advocate the use of inhaled marijuana or the legalization of marijuana.”

The American Glaucoma Society has stated that “although marijuana can lower intraocular pressure, the side effects and short duration of action, coupled with the lack of evidence that its use alters the course of glaucoma, preclude recommending this drug in any form for the treatment of glaucoma at the present time.”

The Glaucoma Research Foundation has stated that “the high dose of marijuana necessary to produce a clinically relevant effect on intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma in the short term requires constant inhalation, as much as every three hours. The number of significant side effects generated by long-term use of marijuana or long-term inhalation of marijuana smoke make marijuana a poor choice in the treatment of glaucoma. To date, no studies have shown that marijuana — or any of its approximately 400 chemical components — can safely and effectively lower intraocular pressure better than the variety of drugs currently on the market.”


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Let's talk about "reams of misinformation" shall we? Because that is EXACTLY what your editorial consists of. Had you truly done your research into this before just spewing your opinion, you might have noticed and reported more accurate findings. For starters... The Compassionate Care Act is not Governor Cuomo's plan to distribute marijuana through 20 hospitals. That is a 1980 law that he is trying to re-enact as a research project. The Compassionate Care Act is a comprehensive, tightly regulated bill written by Senator's Gottfried and Savino, to allow severely ill patients access to a small amount of medical marijuana through their physicians, all through the Dept of Health. Had you done your due diligence you also would have found TONS of information and physician findings about children who are DYING from their epilepsies who have their lives restored because of certain strains of medical marijuana. You speak of long term effects? Ever thought about the damaging short term effects of the horrible drugs these children have to take that don't even work? Many of these children have no long term because they will die from the ravages of the seizures. Your ignorance and lack of at least getting yourself fully educated is despicable. Shame on you. I pray that you never have to watch your child seize uncontrollably, but I bet you would change your thinking if you ever had to. Shame on you. Don't punish innocent children for the few who abuse.

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Regardless of the way you feel personally Mr. Brinton, isn't it the responsibility to report well researched information that is true, rather than dig up outdated information and misinform the Herald readers? I have been reading and researching the Compassionate Care Act for awhile now and you obviously don't know what you are talking about. How can anyone continue to read what you print when you obviously don't do the legwork to get the right information to back you up. Unfortunately you used the Herald to share your views. You have no journalistic integrity.! It is apparent that you had nothing to write about in this issue so grasped at straws, saw what has been in recent headlines and spent a few minutes online before writing your piece! I am asking you, for all those who could benefit from the CC Act, please please don't do any more reporting on this matter! God help you if you are ever in the shoes of so many who could benefit from Compassionate Care Act! Poor journalism like this is so irresponsible!

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