Canada: Addictions Specialist Backs Med. Marijuana

Canada: Addictions Specialist Backs Med. Marijuana
Posted by FoM on July 23, 1999 at 10:48:24 PT
NORML's Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
July 22, 1999, Calgary, Alberta: The founding president of the International Society for Addiction Medicine backs the use of marijuana as a medicine, The Calgary Herald reported. 
   "Doctors, nurses, and patients know that medical marijuana works," NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. "It remains only politicians and law enforcement who oppose allowing seriously ill patients access to this often-times lifesaving medicine."   ISAM head Dr. Nady el Guebaly said that he supports Health Canada's recent efforts to allow patients limited access to medical marijuana in clinical trials. Guebaly said that marijuana should be used medicinally under a doctor's supervision. Ideally, he said that patients should only use marijuana on a short-term basis to prevent against risks inherent to smoking.   Guebaly's recommendations echo those of the Institute of Medicine, which in March endorsed granting some seriously ill patients temporary access to smoked marijuana.   Dozens of international medical societies, including the American Public Health Association, the Australian Medical Association, the Federation of American Scientists, and the AIDS Action Council, support legalizing medical marijuana.   For more information, please contact Paul Armentano or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751. A directory of medical organizations supportive of medical marijuana is available on NORML's website at:
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Comment #1 posted by LaTonya Browning on April 20, 2000 at 12:16:28 PT:
legalizing Marijuana
Everyone should be responsible for themselves. Smoking anything is not healthy because it has some very bad effects on your lungs. But the key word in that last sentence is your. if you want to smoke ciggaretes or weed I say go right ahead. If I don't like it I'll leave or ask you not to smoke it around me. I don't personally smoke weed. But many members of my family do and my ex-boyfriend sold it. That is not to say that there is nothing wrong with it because they did it. It's just that I feel that people who are grown should be able to destroy there lungs and brain cells if they want to . The only way that I would have a problem withit is if the person lost control of themselves and their actions as a result of using the drug and hurt other people. Others wise I say legalize it and get on with life.
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