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Medical marijuana bill could be voted on next week

2012-11-30T17:00:00Z Medical marijuana bill could be voted on next weekBy Paul Swiech | pswiech@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com
November 30, 2012 5:00 pm  • 

BLOOMINGTON — Medical marijuana is a proven pain reliever and its legalization won’t turn thousands of Illinoisans into stoners, argue people who favor medical marijuana legislation that could be voted on next week in the Illinois House.

“Medical marijuana has been shown in numerous studies to work,” said Pete Guither, faculty adviser to the Illinois State University chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. “Let’s leave it up to the doctors and patients to work out what medicine brings pain relief.”

But opponents argue legalizing cannabis use opens the door to abuse by people who don’t need it for pain relief and to potential harmful interactions with prescription medication.

“I don’t believe that we should send a message to our kids that it’s safe to use when there’s evidence to the contrary,” said State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, proposes to legalize medical marijuana in limited amounts for pain relief for people with specific illnesses. The bill could be called for a vote as early as Tuesday when House members return to Springfield.

Brady, who said this week Lang was a couple votes short of the 60 needed for passage, opposes the bill because he’s concerned it could lead to abuse by people who don’t need marijuana for pain control. He said Marinol — marijuana in pill form — is available by prescription.

But Guither said Marinol doesn’t work for everyone and smoking marijuana makes it easier to adjust doses. “It should be up to the patient and doctor what works best,” he said. As to the misuse argument, Guither said, “Get with the real world — people are using it anyway when it’s not legal.

“What you have are sick people who want to be law-abiding citizens and who want treatment, but it is being denied. That’s the sad part.”

If medical marijuana is legalized, a few people may abuse that, Guither acknowledged, but “The sky isn’t going to fall. People won’t drop out of school and become zombies.”

Brady also opposes the legislation because it doesn’t require that medical marijuana be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. If it’s a legalized medicine, “why should it be treated differently from other medicines?” he asked.

Dr. Ben Taimoorazy, a pain management specialist with Guardian Headache & Pain Management Institute in Bloomington, said marijuana has proven medical properties, including reducing nausea from chemotherapy and discouraging loss of appetite in HIV/AIDS and cancer patients.

But Taimoorazy said he and other physicians are concerned about how smoking marijuana could interact with prescription medicines.

“It’s premature,” he said of legalization. “More studies are needed.”

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  1. muzzy lu
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    muzzy lu - December 03, 2012 3:29 am
    Oh, come on! Death and destruction, dogs eating cats, all because of demon marijuana! It's so stupid to fight marijuana; it is effective, safe, and has over a thousand years of use. Marijuana is a very healthy food if taken as an edible, not smoked. There is a great $2.99 e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.  goo.gl/iYjPn  goo.gl/Jfs61
  2. Servetus
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    Servetus - December 02, 2012 12:38 am
    If medical marijuana is treated as a legal and regulated herbal remedy, and Big Pharma’s attempts are ignored as they try to get their cut of the marijuana market by pushing their own cannabinoid analogs, all the while justifying their proposed monopoly using their exclusive and cozy relationship with the FDA, then the marketing problem is solved. The FDA doesn’t have the same authority over herbal medications and vitamins, thankfully.

    Because of the nature of the herb, marijuana will always be used medically and recreationally, just as it has been for thousands of years, with no ill effect that can be found in the literature prior to about 1900 – the beginning of our current drug hysteria craze. Nothing any government can do will ever stop the marijuana market, especially if it’s arresting kids and ruining their lives with a criminal record.

    Marijuana owes its greater popularity to its overall lack of bad side effects. If this were not the case, people would switch to something else. There has to be at least one psychoactive herb in the chemical spectrum that’s least harmful, and marijuana appears to be it.

    Kids smoke marijuana more now than cigarettes. And because it’s much more exciting to smoke marijuana than cigarettes, since pot’s illegal in most places, it makes the safety factor seem all the better.
  3. Cynical citizen
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    Cynical citizen - December 01, 2012 11:27 pm
    If your post is anything but sarcasm, I suggest that you take a course which teaches you how to discern biased sources of reference.
  4. RSteeb
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    RSteeb - December 01, 2012 8:28 pm
    Doctor Taimoorazy and anyone else interested: Google "all the rats left untreated". It's not just relieving nausea from chemo. It cures cancer on its own!
  5. Esc401Esc
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    Esc401Esc - December 01, 2012 1:30 pm
    “More studies are needed.”

    No. There is a mountain of data. Some people just can't accept that they have always been wrong.
  6. Thinking Clearly
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    Thinking Clearly - December 01, 2012 9:23 am
    “I don’t believe that we should send a message to our kids that it’s safe to use when there’s evidence to the contrary,” said State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington.

    That is what is wrong with this Country.

    We have Representative who are sending messages to children when they are supposed to be governing for adult voters. This infantile approach to government needs adult thinking.
  7. darkcycle
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    darkcycle - December 01, 2012 9:15 am
    “I don’t believe that we should send a message to our kids that it’s safe to use when there’s evidence to the contrary,”
    There's a threefold problem with this reasoning.
    It is being approved as a MEDICINE. The message this SHOULD send to kids (if you taught them right), is that it is dangerous and potent and should be used only by the person to whom it is prescribed. Anti-clotting drugs, insulin, and many, many other drugs are DEADLY when misused. I was taught these things were potentially dangerous, not safe. Did your Mom and Dad give YOU free run of the medicine cabinet?
    Moving on...where is your evidence that marijuana is UNSAFE? It has a 4000 year history of safe human use. No one has ever died as a result of overdosing, it has never been linked to cancers (though not for lack of trying), and it has not known potential for drug interactions.
    And finally, in the broad sweep of this sentence, the underlying assumption is that kids do not have unfettered access to marijuana right now. They do. It's easier for your high school kid to score some pot than it is for you. He doesn't have to drive to the dealer, he just has to talk to him in class.
  8. Angus
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    Angus - December 01, 2012 8:43 am
    Just by reading Brady's comment, he is so out of touch with the real world just like all of our other pathetic politicians. Look at our State and Country?....hmmmmm things are really working out for all of us with these people in office...(not all of them) but glad to see this politician get this moving. I have seen people so sick after the great pills they take do nothing, but a joint does take care of alot of side effects! Just a shame you have to break the law to bring relief.....Oh but Wall Street can rob us blind......
  9. candymanfishing60
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    candymanfishing60 - December 01, 2012 6:13 am
    Come on Quit sending our young men, and women to jails and prisons, probation, and rehab. and so on, costing the young people lots of money . I have never smoked the stuff myself, Take that back I did try it back in the late 60,s..But it wasn't my thing, beer was..But almost all my friends smoked it, and they all had jobs, and were very responable people..Sooner or later the baby boomer babbies are gonna pass it..After the older generation from w.w.2 are all gone..This would be great for all states for more tax dollars..Why let the illegals people that are growing and selling it take our money back to mexico, and so on..keep the tax dollars here..think how much criminal acts it would stop if you legal it..crime rate would go down for sure..i put my first vote to legalize it let the state control it..time for change..
  10. CommentCrazy
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    CommentCrazy - December 01, 2012 5:47 am
    Medical use of marijuana is long overdue. It's been shown to ease the symptoms of a number of people. It is a all-natural replacement for all the chemicals that people are putting into their body these days. The article talks about abusing it...how about all the cases of people abusing prescriptions drugs like oxycodone. Plus, no one has ever died because of marijuana...it's a fact! Meanwhile, there are endless cases of deaths caused by alcohol, but no one is trying to outlaw that because the alcohol lobby is keeping politicians pockets full. Just the same as the medical lobby is paying the politicians to keep marijuana illegal because it would replace so many currently used prescription drugs. Everyone should contact Dan Brady's office and tell him we want him to vote in favor of this new legislation!
  11. claygooding
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    claygooding - November 30, 2012 11:31 pm
    ""Brady also opposes the legislation because it doesn’t require that medical marijuana be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. If it’s a legalized medicine, “why should it be treated differently from other medicines?” he asked.""

    Because a licensed pharmacist would lose his license if he dispenses marijuana,,thanks to the federal drug enforcement agency.

    ""But opponents argue legalizing cannabis use opens the door to abuse by people who don’t need it for pain relief and to potential harmful interactions with prescription medication""

    How much more open to abuse can it become? Marijuana is available in every town in America,,get over it. And please give evidence of any harmful interactions,,not heard of,,proof!..

    I would suggest Dr Taaimooazy seek training from medical schools now teaching doctors about marijuana uses,uses that have been documented since written history began,
  12. Stormin' Norman
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    Stormin' Norman - November 30, 2012 8:57 pm
    Given the way our elected pols currently run this state, we'll all have to self-medicate somehow...
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