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Re: “The case for cannabis in Arkansas

Several comments: First, please don't vote for both issues. If both pass, it will be in court as long as it would take for the FDA to approve forms of it. Personally, I favor issue # 7. There are some parts of it that I have concerns about, but I like the fact that it is NOT an amendment to the state constitution, so modifications can be fairly easily made. And it is under supervision by the state medical board, NOT the ABC (alcoholic beverage commission, I think). And while a few physicians have been verbally opposed, Joycelin Elders, a past state Surgeon General, is in favor of #7. And, while it does not yet specify parameters, it does call for testing facilities.

Secondly: The case for research--the very reason that no research has been done in the United States is because it was illegal, and researchers could not obtain it, or publish results if they did. By saying that it needs to wait until the FDA approves it, we are saying #1 we will have to wait for years for it to go through the process. And then it will be approved for limited use--most likely for nausea related to chemotherapy. And rare conditions may NEVER get approval to use it, because each condition has to be evaluated and tested separately. #2 Any profits to be made go to big pharmaceutical companies. And they WILL make profits. Right now, I have been waiting for years for a medication (for MS) that won't require that I give myself injections daily. While some oral meds were finally approved over the past few years, the risks related the them have been more than I am willing to take. The best I can do is get the injections reduced. And this 15 year old medication still costs me thousands of dollars a month. 3. There are other ways to introduce marijuana into the body besides smoking. As a respiratory therapist, I would NOT support smoking it.

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Posted by Nancy Lowe on 10/06/2016 at 7:59 AM

 

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