4 years ago
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Utah Doctors Endorse Medical Marijuana Push for 2014
A University of Utah neurologist and two other Utah doctors announced their support this week for allowing a medical use of a marijuana extract for children who suffer from seizures. In a letter sent to the state Controlled Substances Advisory Committee on Tuesday, pediatric neurologist Dr. Francis Filloux said the liquid form of medical marijuana is a promising option for children with epilepsy. Filloux and the other doctors join a push led by one Utah mom to change state law to allow the use of the cannabis oil extract. The extract, which is grown in neighboring Colorado, is believed by many to help children with a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. The extract has low levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high. “The substance is not psychoactive or hallucinogenic,” Filloux said in his letter, which was co-signed by two other university doctors. “It has absolutely no abuse potential.” Across the country, 20 states allow medical marijuana use, but Utah is not one of them. By not allowing the cannabis oil in Utah, “we would be making the decision to limit access of our children to a potentially life-improving therapy,” Filloux wrote. Josh Stanley, a Colorado-based producer of the extract, told the committee that the level of THC in his product is so low that it under agricultural standards, it’s considered a hemp product. Families that are desperate for access to the drug have moved to Colorado just to purchase the extract, Stanley said. Jennifer May, whose 11-year-old sun has Dravet syndrome, is one of the Utah mothers pushing to allow the product. May said she has considered moving to Colorado for her son, but ultimately decided to stay in Utah. “Not one of us has left this state to get this supplement,” she told the committee. “We are waiting to do this the right way by not breaking laws or keeping information from our physicians about how we are treating our children.” The police officers, doctors and pharmacists on the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee don’t have the power to decide if the extract can be brought into Utah, the Deseret News reported. Instead, they can provide a recommendation and input to the state Legislature about changing Utah’s laws. Rep. Gage Froerer, a Republican from Huntsville, plans to introduce a bill on the issue in the next legislative session, which starts in January. His proposal would allow hemp products, including medicinal oils, to be imported and exported in the state, as long as they have a low level of THC, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Froerer said he also plans to call for more research on the medical benefits of the product, which he said might eventually allow hemp to be grown in Utah.
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haven't doctors in the Utah been endorsing pot for years?
4 years ago·Reply
@woolleymamoth69 the problem is not that there are not doctors that do not endorse. It is that there are just as many that say there is no conclusive evidence that marijuana actually creates any type of positive effect that cannot be replicated via other medication. I am not endorsing one way or another, just stating why it is debated
4 years ago·Reply
@goyo so who can be sure which doctors are the best doctors? i think the science leans towards medicalization and eventually legalization. just my take
4 years ago·Reply
I agree with @balishag. I think out of the hundreds of studies performed hardly any show negatives for using marijuana as medicine. I think the best example would be dr. Sanjay Gupta who recently changed his opinion in support of medical marijuana. His reasoning? He had never actually read any of the studies that were performed or looked into the issue himself, he had just been listening what others (the US government) had been telling him. Here is an article of the top 10 marijuana studies funded by the government that they have tried to repress. http://libertycrier.com/top-10-cannabis-studies-the-government-wished-it-had-never-funded/ As you can see all 10 of these are very contrary to what many doctors have been told, and therefore, what doctors will tell you. @Goyo
4 years ago·Reply
@jayman I think you are right there is a lot of misinformation out there. U think u can share the article with the rest of the community on a post? I think we should all be informed not only those in this conversation
4 years ago·Reply