OHSU Eases MMJ Restriction for Transplant Patients
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OHSU Eases MMJ Restriction for Transplant Patients
Posted by CN Staff on July 20, 2012 at 05:44:19 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Portland -- Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland has eased restrictions on marijuana use among people seeking organ transplants.The state’s largest organ transplant program had required six months of negative drug tests before a patient could go on the waiting list for a liver transplant. The revised policy allows marijuana users who meet all other criteria to be waitlisted for liver transplants if a single screen turns up negative.
The new approach also applies to kidney, pancreas and heart transplant procedures.Doctors altered the policy after seeing potential transplant candidates who were medical marijuana patients with no obvious addiction problems, said Dr. Willscott Naugler.“If you had a beer last weekend, no one would say you are an alcoholic,”Naugler told the newspaper. “You might be. But it doesn’t mean you are. We have taken the same approach to marijuana. If you had it last weekend, you may not have an abuse problem.”Only OHSU and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center perform liver transplants in Oregon. The new guidelines apply to both facilities, which share a team of specialists and surgeons. Surgeons on the team performed 60 liver transplants last year, and OHSU typically performs 20 heart, 100 kidney and eight to 14 pancreas transplants annually.No federal guidelines or national standards apply to medical marijuana and the organ transplant screening process. Transplant programs throughout the country screen potential organ recipients for substance abuse, which can complicate a patient’s recovery, to ensure organs go to those who will benefit most.OHSU officials said the new policy isn’t an endorsement of marijuana or its medicinal value. After being placed on a waiting list and after surgery, patients are still told not to use marijuana, tobacco, alcohol or illicit substances.In Oregon, 137 people are on the waiting list for a new liver, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the country’s organ transplant system.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published:  July 20, 2012 Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on July 21, 2012 at 19:08:14 PT
He definitely had some dastardly plans. I can't imagine what would make someone's mind bend into that kind of condition. 
I never heard of an ammunition "Drum" before. Other than a cleaning drum for brass, maybe. I thought I had a clue about average gun lingo.Here's an interesting article over at Stop the Drug War.Belize Ponders Marijuana Decriminalization
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on July 21, 2012 at 18:48:53 PT
Like I said before I don't want anyone to ban guns. I do not know what the regulations are to own one or buy ammunition though. This is an excerpt from the article. Isn't there  any tracking of buying large volumes of ammunition?Police said Holmes had purchased the weapons legally at three area gun stores in the last 60 days and bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, including a 100-round drum magazine for an assault rifle.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on July 21, 2012 at 18:18:11 PT
So many people, so quickly, and suddenly.
He had to have practiced a lot. And I think people can get practiced from video games. He practiced and he planned meticulously. Most people could not do something like that, even if they wanted to. Plus he picked a situation where people were packed in shoulder to shoulder with no easy escape and no weapons to fight back with and he blinded them. He shot people trying to get away from him. A normal person would not do something like that. It's very scary that people like that exist. But they do. Disarming people like me won't save us all from people like him.  Banning normal people from having firearms won't help the situation at all. Extreme gun restrictions do not end gun violence, oddly enough. Places like Chicago and New York have very restrictive gun laws, yet they have some of the worst gun violence. Although Colorado seems to have a bad record. Guns exist. There's no going back on that. That's reality.How can we recognize killers and stop them before they do it? How can we protect ourselves and those we are responsible for from violent people that can overpower us easily? Some people are very naive about what kind of people live among us. I'm aware of some of the dangers. I've had two strange men try to force their way into my home on two separate occasions and several other scary and dangerous episodes that have happened to me and my neighbors and friends. On those occasions, I and my family were saved from harm without having to defend ourselves with a firearm. But I am blessed with super human strength in perilous situations. Lol! No. I mean it. It's happened. :0) It's true. But I don't count entirely on my super powers being adequate all the time in every situation. I like to be as prepared for any sort of situation as I can be without having to live in a paranoid way.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on July 21, 2012 at 12:44:57 PT
I don't care if people have guns. I am not afraid of being hurt by anyone that I might need a gun. Rotties are my favorite dog but any dog would alert if someone was sneaking around a persons home. I just don't like how many people a gun can kill in such a short time. He shot about 70 people and killed 12 just like that.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on July 21, 2012 at 10:29:40 PT
I know in your statement, you weren't speaking directly to me. You were just thinking. But before you got around to me and people like me that do own weapons I thought I'd say a word or two in our defense.:0)
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on July 21, 2012 at 10:27:44 PT
As far as "loving" guns goes...
I don't love them. I suspect the killer in Colorado doesn't love them either. He just hates people and guns were one one of the weapons he chose so that he could hurt people.If by loving them, you mean liking or appreciating them, then I do, by that standard. I don't think so though. I like them like a car, a good knife, or a wrench, or a good stove or mixer. Elements that usually make my life better or easier is what they are to me.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on July 21, 2012 at 10:10:01 PT
Guns, bombs, and teargas.
FoM, people like the killer in Colorado are not normal people. Normal people don't kill other people easily. He was a killer. Restricting normal people from having weapons of self defense won't stop people like him but it will make people like me less safe. Rotties are good protection from the mean and crazy people out there, but many people are as afraid of them as you are of guns.Even more restrictive laws will make it impossible for people like me to own a firearm, but it won't impede monsters that would kill innocent people one iota.We have less car wreck deaths than we used to because of air bags and other safety elements. I am very afraid of people that seek to disarm responsible people. Very afraid. Their motives are very suspect, in my opinion.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on July 21, 2012 at 06:19:45 PT
I never will understand the love of guns as long as I live. I have rotties and they make me feel safe in my home and if that wasn't enough I would have a security system but not a gun.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 21, 2012 at 06:16:35 PT
That is terrible. What a total tragedy.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on July 21, 2012 at 05:29:27 PT
A few weeks ago, News reported more people die from guns than car wrecks in Colorado.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on July 21, 2012 at 05:22:19 PT
Just a Note
The news is really slow. The tragedy in Colorado is mind numbing. News will return but it will probably be a little while and understandable so. I am so tired of gun violence. I never get it.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on July 20, 2012 at 11:41:06 PT
Collateral Victim of Marijuana Prohibition
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on July 20, 2012 at 09:16:32 PT
War on Cannabis/Marijuana
This is our holocaust, planned and brought on by the same people!
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on July 20, 2012 at 07:40:19 PT
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 20, 2012 at 05:45:43 PT
Good News
This is very important news. Hopefully other states will do the same that have medical marijuana laws.
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