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Kids Using Medical Marijuana

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medical marijuana saves livesShould Children Be Allowed To Use Medical Cannabis?

I received an inquiry earlier this week from Paul Egan at the Detroit Free Press in regards to an article that I wrote about children and medical marijuana. Mr. Egan was doing a story about the 44 children that are enrolled in the Michigan medical marijuana program, and how their form of medicine is controversial. Paul Egan’s article, titled, ‘Medical marijuana brings relief for sick kids in Michigan but the treatment is controversial‘ was published today, and I encourage TWB readers to check it out.

I do want to clarify a couple of things about my quote in the article. I’m just a small part of the article, but I feel the need to correct the info about me found in Mr. Egan’s article. Below is the excerpt in bold:

“It’s a worry even for some proponents of medical pot, such as the Eugene, Ore., man who writes the Weed Blog under the pen name Johnny Green.

“I think it’s kind of unusual that in a part of the country where there’s a high prevalence of abuse of the program, there’s also a high prevalence of teenagers getting their medical marijuana cards,” Green said, in reference to Oregon.

Green, 31, who would not give his real name and said he uses medical cannabis to treat his tendinitis, said minors should face stricter controls than adults in getting medical marijuana cards. He said he likes the fact that Michigan, unlike Oregon and most other states, requires not one, but two doctors’ signatures.”

I never said there was a ‘high prevalence of abuse of the program’ here in Oregon. I stated that when there are reports in the news about a high amount of teenagers in Oregon with medical marijuana cards, it makes it look like there is a ‘high prevalence of abuse of the program’ here in Oregon, and that I don’t like that. I also put out the disclaimer that I don’t know the personal cases of all the teenagers at Ashland High School with medical marijuana cards, and that the media reports were old, so I didn’t know if there were even any left at Ashland High.

Paul Egan and I had a lengthy conversation, so I’d imagine the details got mixed up a bit, which is understandable. I just wanted to clear the air in case anyone read that and was like ‘wtf, that’s not what he says on his blog!’ Also, I stated I wasn’t sure if Oregon required two doctor’s signatures for minors; I was going to check on that and send back the info…which I never did…perhaps I ate too much medicated frosting :) Below are some videos about children and medical marijuana:

 

 

 

 

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  1. My name is Shan Moore. Chaz is my son who has a rare disorder called Myoclonus Diaphragmatic Flutter. 2010 was a hard year when this started. Watching your child go through something you can’t fix is a gut wrenching feeling. You want to put yourself in their place and let them continue to live their life. With the support of my wife Janice, daughter Bree and the rest of our family we fought for answers to fix him. His neurologist suggested medical marijuana. Watching them shoot him up full of highly addictive drugs was terrifying.The thought of an overdose and the prescription drugs were slowly killing him was terrifying. At the time the thought of Mmj was also scary. After months of research we decided to try it. What a difference it has made in our lives. This is his rescue medication. At this point it is his only medication. We no longer fear him becoming addicted to the pharmaceutical medicine. After all of our research we are not in fear of him being addicted to marijuana either. After 10 months of not knowing anything for sure except his quality of life was not acceptable for a 15 year old who was extremely active in sports,band,skateboarding,hanging out with friends and living life to the fullest. Medical marijuana has given him most of his normal lifestyle back. His wish is to be back in public high school getting his education and social Life back. Now we work hard to educate others and support other patients to keep their safe access to their medication.

  2. another “the kids” scare article. 48 parents have found medical marijuana works better for their kids. There are less that 48 OMMP patients in Oregon. I hate it when reporters take my words out of context, or mis state what I say. Simon Owens with the US News always gets his facts straight before he publishes an article.

  3. I don’t know about other uses of medical marijuana, but I do know that it is very effective treatment for epilepsy. I have a friend who has dealt with condition all her life and spent long times in hospitals and asylums until a doctor put her on marijuana. She is now a successful business woman in her own right. when I knew her she had been 5 years symptom free.

  4. Mattycarlson99 on

    TThis is a good question. I feel that medical marijuana is safer then all the man made pills. Doctors will put kids on pills that have side affects that are more harmful then the reason they where put on the pills. God put pot here for a reason. It was his way of giving relief.

  5. Mamadawg1963 on

    Cannabis is a safer form treatment for certain conditions, with most certainly less harmful side effects.   

  6. Cannabis is an effective form of treatment for certain conditions.  Should age matter when it comes to suffering?  Under what circumstances do we give a 4 year-old morphine?  I think the same standards should apply.  Those morally against cannabis are brainwashed into thinking including a drug in treatment would somehow mean it would be any more or less abused than any other drug.

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