A Question About Pot

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Registered: 11-13-2009
A Question About Pot
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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 2:37am

My first thought was, "I wish the Morality Board was still up!"


I don't know if this is the right board to bring this up, but here goes:


A situation has come up with someone

 

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 9:09am
If I lived in a state where buying marijuana was going to get me jail time or a record if I was caught, I wouldn't do it, not even for a dying friend. If the problem is pain management, I'd suggest hospice or a pain management specialist. If the problem is lack of appetite and nausea, I'd have him try the Marinol to see if that would help a bit.
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 9:10am

Almost any drug can be abused. Does that mean a drug should be outlawed? IMHO, no.

If I was M, I'd take a trip to California, get MJ at one of the marijuana pharmacies, and take it back to L. Take my chances on the legality issue since MORALLY, a suffering person deserves some level of pain alleviation. Obviously L isn't a dope head who's abusing. And just as obviously, I don't think prosecution is warranted for procuring by M.

One of the problems with marijuana is its regulation. There are plenty of entities which dislike the idea of a patient growing her/his own supply. Pharmaceutical companies, taxing entities, medical associations, etc. Here in New Mexico, legislation was passed which controls growth and distribution of medical marijuana. http://www.drugpolicy.org/about/stateoffices/newmexico/medmj/

Am glad that at least the legal option is open to me, if a situation ever arises where marijuana might be more efficacious than other more conventional drugs. I've never used cannabis and don't feel that it should be legalized across the board. But if states like Texas cannot understand dilemmas like L's and realize that the human condition is quite often not in absolute black or white; well, y'all might want to express your opinion in the polling booth.

Edited to change a verb.




Edited 7/7/2010 9:13 am ET by jabberwocka

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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 9:53am

I admit I know nothign of this topic, but don't you have to have a prescription to buy at one of the pot pharmacies?

 

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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:06am
I think it would be a bad idea to purchase pot if it is illegal in the state. I also think that if caught and tried, the judge would be right to give a jail sentence. I am no fan of the "war on drugs" for a number or reasons, but I wouldn't break the law to prove my point. I know that pain can be overwhelming, so perhaps the ill/dying should ask their healthcare provider(s) for heavy duty pain-relieving medication. My mom lived in an apartment building occupied exclusively by the elderly in the 1990's, and several purveyors of marijuana would make sales calls to the elderly. You could smell the stuff in the upper floor hallways, so I guess there is a case to be made that government/police have been turning a blind eye to the use of marijuana for medical purposes for decades. Lots of ambulance crews and police regularly were in the apartment building and refused to investigate or arrest the elderly for marijuana use.

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Registered: 08-16-2005
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:11am
Like others, I would have no clue how to go about getting pot, but also that person would not have a clue about the pot they buy and if it could have been cultivated differently then the medical type.


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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:24am

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Registered: 03-16-2007
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 11:53am

I'd be careful in a state that was so strict. L's doctor should be able to give L something that would help.


Here in CA, you can go to a doctor and get a license for pot, along with an Rx.

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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 12:18pm

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 12:49pm

I think the bigger question is what happens if he gets the call for the transplant and they deny him b/c of drug use.
I don't know for a fact that they would test for drugs before a transplant, but I have heard of people being denied for drug use. If I were in those shoes I'd want to know that my short term actions weren't going to hurt me for the long term.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/russ-belville/the-denial-of-organ-trans_b_435348.html

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 12:55pm
That is definitely a good point to consider.

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