Montana Doctor Launches Med Marijuana-Use Survey

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  Montana Doctor Launches Med Marijuana-Use Survey

Posted by CN Staff on February 20, 2010 at 14:32:46 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Billings Gazette 

Great Falls, MT -- A Great Falls doctor who specializes in pain treatment is launching a statewide online survey of medical marijuana users seeking to learn its benefits and side effects.Dr. K. Allan Ward, a pain specialist at Great Falls Orthopedic Associates, said he wants to find out why people use medical marijuana, what they are using it to treat and how it interacts with other drugs they may be taking.
"Most providers are very concerned and wonder what to do" with medical marijuana patients, Ward said. "In examining the medical literature, there are presently no definitive answers on the basic questions. There are currently, as far as I know, no published studies looking at legal marijuana use on a large scale."The survey also asks people about other drug use and whether they have a history of alcohol or drug dependency, how they get their medical marijuana and how much they pay for it. Those answering the online survey can remain anonymous.Ward said he hopes to use his findings to provide lawmakers and medical providers with more comprehensive information on the drug's usage in Montana."I'm a pharmacologist and a technician," Ward said. "I'm being asked by other doctors for advice, and I don't have an answer at this time for all of the things that people are asking me."Other questions on survey ask how people ingest marijuana, how often they use it and if they're concerned that people might be misusing the medical marijuana program."I'm very interested in answers and intellectual discussions," Ward said. "I'm looking for some answers that are not clear cut, but I think they are going to be policy-influencing."Ward sought help on reaching out to patients from Tom Daubert, founder and director of Patients and Families United."I've long sought to attempt something of this sort, and having the involvement of a physician like Dr. Ward was the missing link in making it happen," Daubert said. "I hear so much anecdotal information from patients about how greatly they can reduce their use of other medications that are expensive and riskier."Ward said he hopes at least 1,000 of the state's 8,604 registered medical marijuana patients participate in the online study."If nothing else I hope to get some information for the region and for the legislature as they consider the unintended consequences of the law as it stands, because it's the unintended consequences that I'm most concerned about," he said.Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Published: Saturday, February 20, 2010 Copyright: 2010 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #12 posted by FoM on February 21, 2010 at 05:44:38 PT

Sinsemilla Jones
I guess that I have always thought they report a grow when there is a fire. I'm not sure why though.
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Comment #11 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on February 20, 2010 at 20:59:07 PT

How does this fight fires?
"...firefighters alerted the Medina County Drug Task Force to marijuana plants there."So, now, instead of calling the fire department, cannabis users are encouraged by the firemen's narc actions to fight fires themselves or just let them burn.If their grow was a fire hazard, why not just tell them so?If not, why not mind your own business and keep the trust of the public?
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on February 20, 2010 at 19:24:40 PT

That IS great!
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on February 20, 2010 at 18:36:50 PT

That's great! Go Wisconsin!
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Comment #8 posted by mydnytmover on February 20, 2010 at 18:23:28 PT

Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554
""Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554Facebook almost 20,000 strong in a very short time
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 20, 2010 at 18:18:49 PT

I didn't know that but that is so far away from me. I am closer to Pa and West Virginia.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 20, 2010 at 18:16:55 PT

It's like the saying:I complained that my feet hurt from walking so much until I saw a person with no feet.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on February 20, 2010 at 18:15:00 PT

Ohio case and NORML
I've been hearing of people from NORML showing up at these trials and courthouses to picket. I think this is the second time I've heard about it. That's wonderful. People openly supporting the accused. That is so good.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 20, 2010 at 18:14:54 PT

We don't have a medical marijuana law that's why I say probation is good. I really do keep my mind on where we are. That is how I can stay calm in the middle of all of this. In many states they would have been locked up for years.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on February 20, 2010 at 18:02:35 PT

Probation vs caging,
Yes, probation was a fair outcome considering what the ignoids could do. On the other hand, I believe Jerry Welty honestly should be able to use the plant for His health. And now if He chooses to do what I think is the right thing, they will surely cage Him.Jerry Welty's "free" country will cage Him for using what God created and said is good.Sad. -and it makes Me angry. What kind of a human being would do such a thing to people like Jerry? Words can not describe the type of person that is that way. I can't help but think the devil is in them. It's almost like a person can not be so mean on their own with out the devil leading them to be mean on such an inhumane scale.We don't treat dogs as bad.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 20, 2010 at 17:39:43 PT

Thank you. Thats way up near Cleveland. I'm glad they got probation. Maybe someday we will finally get medical marijuana allowed in Ohio.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 20, 2010 at 17:35:30 PT

OHIO news
US OH: Despite Pro-Marijuana Protest, Grower's Defense Went to Pot Wed, 17 Feb 2010
Source: Medina County Gazette (OH)
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