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California Medical Association Backs Marijuana Legalization

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Medical LeafCalifornia’s largest doctors trade association is calling for legalization of marijuana.

The state’s largest doctor group questions the medical value of marijuana but says it’s time for it to be legal and regulated like alcohol and tobacco, reports the Los Angeles Times. The group’s spokeswoman claims it is the first major medical association in the country to call for the drug’s legalization.

The federal government considers cannabis a drug with no medical use. The CMA wants the White House to reclassify it to help promote further research on its medical potential. Earlier this year, the Obama administration turned down a request to reclassify marijuana. That decision is being appealed in federal court.

Dr. Donald Lyman, the Sacramento physician who wrote the group’s latest policy, called current laws a “failed public health policy.”

Dr. Lyman tells the newspaper that physicians are increasingly frustrated by being put in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether to recommend a drug that’s illegal under federal law.

“It’s an uncomfortable position for doctors,” Dr. Lyman said. “It is an open question whether cannabis is useful or not. That question can only be answered once it is legalized and more research is done.”

The group immediately came under fire from the California Police Chiefs Association as well as from other doctors, who qualified the move as irresponsible.

The CMA acknowledges some potential health risk associated with marijuana use and proposes that it be regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco. But the group says the consequences of criminalization outweigh the dangers.

The CMA represents more than 35,000 California physicians across the state.

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  2. I am a physician whose practice is devoted to evaluation of patients for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. I would estimate that of the patients visiting my office, 90% are already using cannabis to treat their conditions. All of them have told me that cannabis works to relieve their pain, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, loss of appetite, depression, nightmares, and other symptoms. Another thing they have in common is the desire to reduce the amount opiates, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, tranquilizers, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants and their respective side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, constipation, sleepiness, bleeding, nausea, and headaches. When are doctors going to get it into their heads that cannabis is safe and effective for multitple conditions and helps patients exit out of toxic pharmaceuticals?

  3. Cannabis is a medical miracle waiting to be fully utilized. It has been proven to kill cancer cells in lab tests without harming the healthy cells present. http://www.gsalternative.com/2010/05/cannabinoids-kill-cancer/

    Dave Triplett (and others) have used cannabis oil (topically) to cure melanoma as he shows in this short movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tghUh4ubbg

    Dennis Hill was diagnosed with prostate cancer and used cannabis oil (by ingestion) to cure himself. http://web.me.com/dbhill/cure/Home.html

    Rick Simpson from Canada, who discovered the cannabis oil treatment, said he has seen hundreds of people over a period of six or seven years, and the results have been extremely favorable, including a number of stage 4 cancer patients. 70% of the stage 4 folks recovered, many of whom had been told by their doctors that there was nothing else to be done, and they should go home and get their affairs in order. The “Run From The Cure” movie is about him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI

    “What If Cannabis Killed Cancer?” http://www.marijuanamovie.org

    Please sign one or more of the White House petitions regarding the cannabis prohibition, go to this link: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petitions
    Select the drop-down menu for ‘search’, (on the little gray banner), type in the word ‘cannabis’, and you can review and sign a number of petitions, (there are ten at the moment), and hopefully these can help put an end to this wasteful and harmful prohibition. President Obama could easily reschedule cannabis out of CSA schedule 1 by executive order.

    The prohibition on cannabis has been far more costly than just the tax dollars and lives ruined by incarceration. People are dying for lack of a cancer cure, and one seems to be clearly within reach.

  4. Who would have thunk it? More than 35,000 California physicians have finally decided to call for some ‘effective harm reduction’. I wonder when they’ll decide it’s time to fully recognized ‘sound medical science’?

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

    Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

    In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 3):

    Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 4):

    Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA DOES HAVE GREAT MEDICAL VALUE:

    In response to passage of California’s medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana’s medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.” The report also added, “we acknowledge that there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting.” The government’s refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government “loves to ignore our report … they would rather it never happened.” Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006

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