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Medical Marijuna Misinformation and Ignorance: the Cops are Full of ItDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
Pleased to give the Boys in Blue factual information to correct the information obtained from phoney police & drug identification specialists using out of date misinformation.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - This Medical Marijuana business is really crazy. I guess this is where psychosis of ignorance really comes into play.
I had the grand opportunity to listen to Sheriff Tom Bergin of Clatsop County display more fake chutzpah than a used car auctioneer. He was talking at a conference about proposed changes in the marijuana laws. I was astonished at the width and breadth of his misinformation and his chutzpah to talk about it. He was one brave but foolish man. He was a sponsor of Initiative 32 (I-32) which will block all current Medical Marijuana laws and make a new one in which tax payers would pay for or subsidize Marinol costs at about $15 each for “legitimate Medical Marijuana patients” some of whom take 4 a day.
THIS IS CRAZY!! Marinol is NO substitute for Marijuana.
The U.S. Government, which grows it, says Medical Marijuana can be grown for $20 an ounce which makes about 50 MJ cigarettes, maybe more. We have 35,000 MMJ patients in Oregon and soon will have 40,000 and going up. Marinol costs would be astronomical.
Sheriff Bergin says it should be used only for Cancer patients and the dying and this represents only about 3 - 4% of the patients. This is the first time I’ve heard medical advice from a cop but it doesn’t stop there. He says the other 80 – 90%, for severe pain, could get by on Aspirin. Yeah high doses cause severe stomach ulcers, bleeding and death. Either one could be lethal. Why does he think doctors use Morphine or even Oxycontin?!? These are for severe pain and many Marijuana patients have been prescribed them but prefer Marijuana because it has fewer side effects and is minimally addictive.
He says the use of Marijuana is a “life style”. OK, so are alcohol and tobacco users for a life style. These are both lethal and among the most dangerous, most lethal drugs. Morphine and Oxycontin are also in the most dangerous, most lethal listing.
He says there is NO DOSAGE for Marijuana. He’s wrong, the dose is ENOUGH and usually a small titrated dose. It is NOT like fixed dose pills which many times may be too much or too little.
He says there is no oversight, well yes, Marijuana is medicine and there is virtually no oversight for the practice of medicine.
He also says there is a lack of valid studies. There are probably about 5000 printed medical studies indicating the effectiveness and safety of Marijuana as medicine. It is probably the only medicine which has NEVER killed anyone, try Aspirin, about 2000 deaths per year.
Sheriff Bergin says patients are allowed too much. The U.S. Government gives patients about 8 ounces per month. One gets 11 ounces. Marijuana patients use it sparingly. Because it’s ILLEGAL it’s cost is prohibitive.
He says it causes impaired driving. Morphine drugs, anti-histamines and alcohol are the real problems.
He says Marijuana contains about 460 CARCINOGENS. This is totally false and a real surprise. The U.S. Government owns a patent for the use of Cannabis/Marijuana to treat cancer and pure Cannabis chemical, THC, is used to treat cancer patients.
He says Marijuana plants can produce 30% THC. This will surprise everybody. The best I’ve heard is about 20% and that is really “high octane” and requires very little medicine and very small tokes.
He says it’s the number one drug for putting high schoolers in hospitals! If these high schooler 'criminals' are hauled into court they can plead addiction and go to treatment rather than jail. It’s an intelligence test!!
He says Marijuana causes euphoria which relieves pain. Euphoria is a GOOD feeling. Marijuana is also a very good analgesic or painkiller almost as good as morphine.
He says miscreants smoke it 6 times a day. Some do. Some smoke it only at bedtime for sleep. The worse the pain, the more medicine is necessary.
He says it is all about making money. It costs about $10,000 to set up a good grow. Patient users should reimburse that and the growing costs.
Sheriff Bergin, I will be pleased to give your Boys in Blue factual information to correct the information you guys have obtained from phoney police & drug identification specialists using out of date misinformation.
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