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‘Medical’ marijuana back in the news

Posted: October 8, 2013 at 4:10 a.m.

“The people of Arkansas gave medical marijuana a thumbs down. But just barely. The measure got 49 percent of the vote. The state might have dodged that bullet, but there’s no telling when medical marijuana will be back on the ballot in this sometimes all too Natural State.” —Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 12, 2013 WHO COULD have known that what supporters call “medical” marijuana would have come so close to being available in Arkansas? Back in the fall of 2012, a measure to make medical marijuana legal in this state got 49 percent of the vote.

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Editorial, Pages 14 on 10/08/2013

Milk is a gateway drug.
Every drug addict started out on milk.

This editorial is a slippery slope argument.
But Arkansas is not Colorado.
If this state wants medical marijuana but doesn't ever want recreational use, then they will not ever vote for recreational drug use.

Posted by: Coralie

October 8, 2013 at 6:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Anybody in need of pain relief from the drug in marijuana should be able to get that relief in a pill"
As I understand it, there are a lot of trace elements in marijuana that may not be captured in a synthetic chemical.

Posted by: Coralie

October 8, 2013 at 7:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


"Milk is a gateway drug.
Every drug addict started out on milk."

Tell that to the families of those hooked on meth.

Posted by: Tankersley101

October 8, 2013 at 10:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Tell that to the families of those hooked on meth."
Are you saying that people who are hooked on meth didn't start out on milk?

Posted by: AlphaCat

October 8, 2013 at 10:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't know who the idiot was that wrote this article, but his feeble attempt at humor and logic failed completely. He claims prescription pain pills are the way to go for people in pain. It's obvious this guy has never had to deal with someone addicted to these pills or wittnessed the hell these poor people have to go through trying to get off these dam pills. They are very addictive and it doesn't take long after you start taking them. The uninformed person that wrote this article has no idea what the hell he is talking about. I have a family member with a very serious back injury, what does the doctors do, they load him up with strong pain pills. They kept him on them for years, finally he had surgery and after the surgery his pain was worse so what do these fool doctors do, they put him more and stronger pain pills. He is now addicted to these pills and without them he gets horribly sick to the point of being put in the hospital to keep him alive. I have spent over $100,000.00 at various detox and rehab centers trying to get him off these pills. He will get out of rehab for a couple of weeks then be right back on them, now he crushes them and injects them into his arm. I have no doubt that someday I will have to bury him, and this dam fool that wrote this article is in favor of pushing these pills. This guy supports opposition to medical marijuana, which has been proven to relieve pain and relief of other dibilitating conditions, marijuana is not addictive but pain pills are. I hope this uninformed and compassionless writer never has to watch a loved one slowly fade away because of these pills and not be able to do anything to stop it. I hope this writer never has a illness where he needs pain relief, I can assure you if the pain is bad enough he will gladly use marijuana.
His argument against the use a medical marijuana is weak and ignorant.

Posted by: rummy

October 9, 2013 at 5:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


I noticed whoever was the author of this article was didn't have the backbone to put his name on it. Man up and let us know who you are. If I were you and had just told the sick and those in pain that you would rather expose them to a highly addictive pill than marijuana I would hide my identity too.

Posted by: rummy

October 9, 2013 at 5:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Coralie's milk analogy is a good one. Disgruntled is exactly right. This article is ignorant, and ignorance is rarely funny. The author should learn what they are talking about before they start.
I don't partake of MJ because it makes me Tankersley in the head but I have fought for the personal liberty of those who need it, or want it. The US used to have a saying that appeared on some coins: "Mind Your Business." We could learn from that again. Damn puritans.

As an early member of the Alliance for Drug reform, in 2001 I was assigned the task of putting together a booklet of real life accounts of Arkansans who needed this. I should put it online I guess. Here is short one, #5:

Patient Stories
Why Medical Marijuana is Critical to the
Life and Health of Arkansas People.
Telephone interview with Charles, friend of cancer patient
January, 2001

Tommye was a 37 year old female living in the Houston Texas area. She was very respected, and had a very large funeral. She was very athletic and spent more than a year volunteering for the Red Cross. She was married, with no children.
She was diagnosed with cancer, specifically carcinoma, which started in the lymph node and spread very fast. She was ill for 1 year and during that time she had chemotherapy and selective radiation treatments. She died in January, 1992.

“Could you describe the prescription drugs used and their effects (good or bad)”
She took liquid morphine. There was a wide assortment. The marijuana was the most useful. None of them saved her but the pot helped her suffer less. She took Marinol to help with nausea, and morphine for pain. The morphine was helpful but she said Marinol was “garbage and a big ripoff.” It bothered her that the Marinol cost about $80 per pill and had almost no effect. She had a friend, who was a DEA agent, and he brought her some marijuana. She said it took about 70% of the agony away. She went from being completely nauseated to feeling good enough to eat and speak and sit around and watch TV. The difference was stunning.
The marijuana also removed the malaise and depression. Who could be so utterly cruel as to deny someone using something so helpful? Something so useful? They should be forced to watch something like this happen. She lost use of her legs near the end and all of her hair. People have no clue. They have no idea how bad this can be and how important it is to be able to feel good enough to eat, to sleep and to have a little comfort during a lengthy battle with something like this.

“What factors influenced the patient’s decision to try marijuana?”
Pure, absolute agony and the expense of the pills that did almost nothing to help with the agony. Her condition was constant agony and desperation. She heard marijuana might help, she tried it, and it did.

Further examples here: http://arcompassion.com/category/pati...

Posted by: fayfreethinker

October 9, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"I don't partake of MJ because it makes me Tankersley in the head but I have fought for the personal liberty of those who need it, or want it."

That is apparent in your gun rights stance. Amazing how you believe in personal responsibility when it come to mind altering drugs.

Posted by: Tankersley101

October 10, 2013 at 8:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Have you really "fought" for rights? Tell me about your fight?

Posted by: Tankersley101

October 10, 2013 at 8:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tnk: "That is apparent in your gun rights stance.">>

I have several guns Tank. You have a learning disorder and don't remember things.

Tnk: "Have you really "fought" for rights?">>

Regarding this topic alone, I wrote and compiled the booklet above and helped distribute it for the purpose of fighting for the right of people to gain the legal right to take medical MJ.
I signed up a few thousand people on the petition drive at the time, about 13 years ago. I worked booth at events, and did media presentations. All for a drug that's not the one for me (I do like all the others however).

Telephone interview with Charles, January 22, 2001

Charles is a 53 year old male and lives near Fort Smith. In the early eighties he worked in the oil well service industry and had no debts. In 1984 he had a major motorcycle accident, while not wearing a helmet. He was diagnosed with massive brain damage and nerve damage. He was in a coma and had no memory for the first 27 days.

“Could you describe the prescription drugs used and their effects (good or bad)?”
Can’t remember exactly… at least Dilantin and Haloperidol to help seizures and anti-psychotics. These caused major swelling of my tongue. I had trouble breathing with them and quit the medication within the first month. Not only did they not work, they made things worse.

“Could you give a description of how marijuana affect your condition?”
I had a lot of anxiety and panic attacks, couldn’t eat and sleep. I got desperate after five days of no food or sleep. I became suicidal. A veteran friend gave me some marijuana and for the first time in five days I went from desperation to having an appetite. And then I could eat and sleep.

How did you reach the decision to try marijuana? Did a physician or other medical practitioner recommend marijuana?
Desperation. A psychiatrist mentioned it might be helpful, and it was. I don’t use it any more because my condition has leveled out and I don’t need to.
A woman in Maine described the last days of her sister-in-law who was dying of pancreatic cancer. "The medications prescribed for the nausea do not work, but marijuana does. After watching her retch more than 30 times, I felt it was time for her to try it, and it worked. For the moralists out there, I suggest you see what an end-stage cancer patient has to endure." (March 3, 1999, Bangor Daily News, ME

Posted by: fayfreethinker

October 10, 2013 at 11:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


I don't need a gun, I have Casino.


Posted by: rummy

October 11, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )