State Pharmacists Put Kibosh on Cannabis

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  State Pharmacists Put Kibosh on Cannabis

Posted by CN Staff on June 10, 2010 at 13:21:27 PT
By Jennifer McKee, Gazette State Bureau 
Source: Billings Gazette 

Helena -- Montana’s professional pharmacists say they don’t want to get into the medical marijuana business. And the Montana Pharmacy Association has effectively scuttled an attempt by at least one lawmaker to firm up Montana’s controversial pot scene by making pharmacists, not “caregivers” dispense the drug.The association adopted a resolution at its June 5 meeting stating that professional pharmacists will not support dispensing cannabis as treatment until medical research proves the drug is effective and establishes adequate dosing guidelines.
The resolution stated that there is no accepted medical use for marijuana, according to the Federal Drug Administration, and that marijuana is still considered an illegal drug at the federal level.“As such, it is still against federal law for Montana pharmacies to dispense or even have marijuana in their stores,” said Tony King, of Missoula, the newly elected chairman of the Montana Pharmacy Association.In 2005, Montana voters approved legalizing small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes. Medical marijuana is dispensed by “caregivers” licensed by the state to Montanans with a doctor’s recommendation approving the use of the drug.Use of the drug exploded after the Obama administration announced last October that it would not enforce federal drug laws on people legally using medical marijuana in accordance with the laws in their states.Fourteen states, including Montana, have legalized marijuana for medical uses.Montana’s law has come under fire recently after pot businesses began sprouting up more visibly and episodic violence erupted, most notably last month when two cannabis storefronts in Billings were firebombed.Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, has proposed a law for the 2011 Legislature, which would have all medicinal marijuana grown by a single licensed nursery, with the drug dispensed by pharmacists.Lewis said when he unveiled his bill that the state had “lost control” of medical marijuana.King’s announcement suggests that Montana’s pharmacists do not want to be the folks responsible for bringing medical marijuana back under control.He said, “(Lewis’) idea fails to take into account federal laws regulating our profession, and it is misguided.”Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Author: Jennifer McKee, Gazette State BureauPublished: June 10, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on June 21, 2010 at 22:03:52 PT
Will They Turn Back the Clock in Montana? 
US MT: PUB LTE: Foes Of Marijuana Law Don't Show Compassion, The Billings Gazette, (20 Jun 2010) Teri Brien
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on June 13, 2010 at 12:27:54 PT
24,337 signatures by 5:00 p.m. next Friday.
It'll take some trotting around, but they might can do it.The vote, again, I think, will favor state legalized medical use.A lot of people have cancer and other diseases alleviated to some extent by cannabis use. They could appreciate some relief that wouldn't damage their organs in some powerful way. Some of them have families and friends that want to relieve as much of their pain and suffering as possible, while they can and when they can. Most people are a bit recovered from a lot of the mind bending propaganda the people have been subjected to concerning cannabis use. Many people have managed to wake up from their trance state and really think about it. When they actually think about it, they realize how foolish and wrong this extreme prohibition of this plant really is. Sometimes, it takes a shock, like disaster or disease, to bring some people to their senses. But they do come to their senses.Many, many are the walking wounded and those that care about them. Even with the signatures. The truth is more out there than it's ever been, and although these particular prohibitionists, like other prohibitionists all over the world, could overcome the truth, for awhile, in their zeal... eventually truth will be heard... and it's already being heard a lot. 
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Comment #11 posted by museman on June 13, 2010 at 12:11:43 PT
an unanswered question
Where is the 'petition to repeal prohibition?' -certainly not in all the halfway measures and compromises that make up the very weak 'foot-in-the-door' initiatives that many laud as 'progress' but can't seem to see the chains of prohibition still linked together to the pockets of the rich, and the guns and badges of the legal thug community (called 'law enforcement').Where is the common sense? Totally subjugated to the dollar bill.Where is the constitutional liberty? Totally corrupted and re-defined by the Jokers known as 'The Justice System' (lawyers, politicians, judges, and the Prison Industry)Lots and lots of hot air on both 'sides' of the issue. Incredible misdirecections of resource, time and energy being passed off as 'activism', and total blatant denial and control from the scum that have risen to the top of our society.Compromises with error and corruption got us to this place, yet the majority seems quite comfortable with empowering the status quo, while they mindlessly consume everything the media tells them they should.Its just disgusting. 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on June 13, 2010 at 11:49:25 PT
Petition To Repeal MMJ Ready for Signatures
June 13, 2010Montana -- A group trying to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law received the approved petition on Friday afternoon, and can now collect signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot.The "Safe Community Safe Kids" proposal needs to collect more than 24,337 signatures by 5:00 p.m. next Friday.Attorney and State Senator Jim Shockley, a Republican from Victor, helped rewrite the statement, which calls for for repealing the Medical Marijuana initiative passed by Montana voters in 2004.Shockley said, "It's perfectly clear. You are either for the current medical marijuana act or you're against it, and that's the choice the voter gets."Shockley opposed the initiative in 2004 because it is clearly against federal law. "What the initiative should've said is medical marijuana will be authorized, it will not be contrary to the law," Shockley said. "And the legislature would flush it out."Shockley says he has already written a bill to repeal the law, if the initiative does not get on the ballot or fails. He says if the law gets repealed, he expects the legislature to re-look at the medical marijuana law, to prevent what he calls abuses.Click here to read the full text of the ballot proposal.URL: 2010 - Helena, Montana.URL:
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on June 13, 2010 at 00:07:43 PT
It's still puzzling to me...
but I guess it shouldn't be, considering the insanity of prohibitionist thought patterns we've been struggling against for years.Why were these assaults on these legal dispensaries not seen for what they were? Assaults by out of control prohibitionists. Assaults that were very violent and destructive and easily could have been deadly.Why were these firebomb attacks not reason to find the arsonists, but reason to cast doubt on and taint the attacked businesses themselves? A mini version of a Night of Broken Glass... in Billings, Montana?Terroristic prohibitionists have apparently made violent attacks on others acceptable interaction... and the victim has been looked down on and besmirched, while the perpetrator tolerated.... because the victim "shouldn't have...." whatever. 
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on June 11, 2010 at 11:46:42 PT
fake gullibility
very scary stuff here - is that all it takes to impose tyranny? Send a couple goons out to "fire-bomb" someone - that's all the govt. has to do to justify stepping on the voters' will? Very frightening that a couple of these incidents is all it takes. Meanwhile, there are probably stabbings and assaults in nightclubs and bars in Montana every Friday night. But of course bar-owners and the alcohol industry will fight back against persecution a lot harder than a bunch of sick and disabled people.
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on June 11, 2010 at 06:44:23 PT
Storm Crow
I thought of that same connection -- hemp sprouts or cannabis sprouts -- after I logged off.
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Comment #6 posted by Paint with light on June 11, 2010 at 00:55:49 PT
pharmacists were smarter 100 years ago.
I love this link.I forgot who posted it....but thanks again. like it wuzzzzz.
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Comment #5 posted by Storm Crow on June 10, 2010 at 21:25:34 PT
What do you think hemp sprouts could do for you? Considering the wonderful benefits of eating plain old hemp seed*, and hemp seed oil**, I would imagine that the already significant health benefits would skyrocket! *Hempseed: Nature's Perfect Food?  (news - 1992)**Hemp seed oil: A source of valuable essential fatty acids  
(full - 1996) FoM, this one is for you, since I know how important your animals are to you! Vets use hemp seed oil on animals with cancer   
(news - 2010) 
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on June 10, 2010 at 20:24:39 PT
Sprouts, Good! GSK Witch Hunt, Bad!
"Montana’s law has come under fire recently after pot businesses began sprouting up more visibly..."Are Sprouts Really, Really Good For You?
by Doug DiPasquale Jun 10th 2010 3:06AM.
Categories: Health, Healthy Eating, Dear Healthy Foodie
Because they are small, sprouts have higher concentrations of vitamins and antioxidants than their mature plant counterpart. Broccoli sprouts, for instance, contain much more sulforaphane, a breast cancer fighter, than the mature broccoli does. Similarly, gram for gram, broccoli sprouts contain five times the vitamin E broccoli does.
}The Vaccine Firestorm.
June 8, 2010.
Excerpt: {
“A Clear Miscarriage of Justice”Now, in another miscarriage of justice, Andrew Wakefield, MD—the British doctor whose research and public statements initially linked a common childhood vaccine to autism—had his license to practice medicine revoked two weeks ago. The British General Medical Council alleged in part that he had conducted invasive medical procedures on children that they did not need. Significantly, no parent or child has ever alleged that they were harmed by Dr Wakefield.Prior to this controversy, Wakefield was a gastroenterologist and respected researcher. In 1995, he was approached for help by a mother whose child developed a painful inflammatory bowel disorder following a routine MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella). The child also became autistic. His research team found nearly 100 children with the same symptoms and the same chain of events, a syndrome now identified in five countriesAs part of his investigation, Dr. Wakefield found the safety studies on the MMR vaccine “totally unsatisfactory,” and put together a 250-page report on these safety studies.The manufacturer of the MMR vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), saw its sales drop sharply after the report. ***One of the members of GSK’s board of directors owns the Sunday Times newspaper. That paper wrote a series of articles critical of Dr. Wakefield, which prompted the UK’s General Medical Council to investigate.*** This was the beginning of what ANH–Europe called, in its excellent analysis of the incident, “the longest witch hunt in UK medical history.”
}emphasis [***] added.Conflict of interest:
***"One of the members of GSK’s board of directors owns the Sunday Times newspaper. That paper wrote a series of articles critical of Dr. Wakefield, which prompted the UK’s General Medical Council to investigate."***Cannabis is a plant, like broccoli. Cannabis is not a drug, like GSK's pills & vaccines.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on June 10, 2010 at 17:42:49 PT
Robots usually perform basic tasks. I guess these guys are not up to the task.Oops! I forgot, corporate sponsored drug dealers are above all this.
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Comment #2 posted by darkcycle on June 10, 2010 at 14:16:31 PT:

Good. Pharmacists don't need to be involved. Since patients titrate their individual doses, their directives would be superfluous anyway. And the RIDICULOUS assertion in the body of the artical that "...use has exploded since the Obama admin...ect..etc." What do they think is happening here anyway? these people were almost certainly medicating or using BEFORE the announcement. But they want the popular meme to be: OMG! Everyone is going to be Stoned All The Time, or "ESATT" and yes, I've actually HEARD that acronym used! The anti-truth bias in our media is staggering. And the transparant use of the fear meme in every "balanced" report is nauseating in it's sheer consistance and perfidity.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 10, 2010 at 13:23:46 PT

Why would anyone want a Pharmacy to dispense a medicinal herb? Cannabis is like other medicinal herbs that are sold in health food stores. It is not a man made pill.
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