Med Marijuana: Texas Needs a Thoughtful Discussion

Med Marijuana: Texas Needs a Thoughtful Discussion
Posted by CN Staff on February 13, 2005 at 20:51:20 PT
Source: Dallas Morning News 
Medical science is producing evidence that ingredients in marijuana can ease chronic pain. Numerous studies show that marijuana helps some cancer and other seriously ill patients relieve chronic pain and control nausea and vomiting. Marijuana use, however, is illegal in Texas, which means that even if a doctor believes in its medicinal benefits, a doctor can't prescribe it nor can a patient legally obtain or use it.
Let's be clear on this point. This newspaper is not advocating the decriminalization of marijuana. We are advocating a thoughtful public policy discussion to allow patients facing chronic pain legal access to this alternative treatment. Unfortunately, the only bill in the Texas House would add to the confusion on this subject. It would change the state's health and safety code to allow a person charged with possession of marijuana to be allowed to show evidence in court that a licensed physician recommended the drug as a treatment. While we think a discussion of medical marijuana use in Texas is long overdue, this bill from state Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, is the wrong approach. Snipped:Complete Article: Dallas Morning News (TX)Published: Sunday, February 13, 2005Copyright: 2005 The Dallas Morning NewsWebsite: letterstoeditor dallasnews.comRelated Articles & Web Site:Texans For Medical Marijuana Pot Law Backers Hopeful, Criminologist, Patients Support MMJ Use Finds 75% of Texans Support Med Marijuana Group Backs Medical Marijuana in Texas 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on February 14, 2005 at 13:44:59 PT
Maybe he'll push the medical marijuana bill. I hope it moves along before 2006 though. Politics just aren't the answer for some things. Issues are what are really important. I don't like to promote politicians since we know how politics are. Our issues bridge the gap of all people not just individuals. We have all partys here and some like me that aren't any party and it can cause strife and lord knows we don't need strife.
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Comment #10 posted by potpal on February 14, 2005 at 13:28:11 PT
texas gov...
That be Kinky Friedman, re: www.kinkyfriedman.comHe is an international acclaimed country (western) singer songwriter from the 70's...Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jew Boys, turned mystery writer throughout the 90s. Great books, btw.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on February 14, 2005 at 11:51:18 PT
Thanks for the heads up. I'll try to catch Bill Maher tonight. I like his style.
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Comment #8 posted by ekim on February 14, 2005 at 11:47:42 PT
roses are red violets are blue cannabis willheal u
their is a kind soul running for Gov in TX. Kinky is his name. he is bringing out the facts of how education and the environment has sent the state to almost bottom levels. He is a author, has a stogy in hand and looks like a cow boy. Larry King will have Bill Maher on tonight.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 14, 2005 at 11:11:41 PT
The GCW 
I sure hope it works out for Texas. It definitely worries me that it might not. I hope they have great support for this medical marijuana bill in Texas.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on February 14, 2005 at 10:36:35 PT
Especially pleased Texas is thinking.
Colorado gets many Texas residents visiting...I hope Bush or the Tex Governor says, "NOT ON MY WATCH."Colorado Gov. Bill Owens said that same thing before the 2000 election, which won by a healthy margin anyway.I don't think anyone can stop medical use of cannabis getting more attention and then only good.Government can only be ignorant about the issue and eveyone knows it, except for the very ignorant.It takes an honest dork to think it is good go cage humans for using a plant. Now, We are going to better control the dork.We need to take the matches away from the arsonists...By the way,the law is working in Colorado and so far the sky hasn't fallen.
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Comment #5 posted by potpal on February 14, 2005 at 08:24:37 PT
Don't have a cow, man... 
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Comment #4 posted by potpal on February 14, 2005 at 07:42:05 PT
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on February 14, 2005 at 06:39:56 PT
Oh yeah, American government is great at discussing things. Let's see how much the editorial board wants discussion when their mother, or their kid, has to go for chemo treatments.  Maybe some good, long, 1 hour talks on marijuana would help them!
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on February 14, 2005 at 03:43:44 PT
more unrelated
Marijuana activist visits high school hit in drug bust:,0,594654.story?coll=sfla-news-palmHere's a very interesting article regarding the creation of an alternative to mainstream media agencies such as the AP...Writers, publications to launch open source alternative press association:
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on February 14, 2005 at 01:57:43 PT
Bill would allow seriously ill Illinoisans to legally use marijuana: craving? Take part in pot research: city employee pursues Prop. 215 discrimination suit:,1413,127~2896~2709389,00.htmlLocal Indoor Marijuana Growth Increasing:
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