Missouri Doctors Oppose Medical Marijuana

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first_imgDoctors in Missouri face tough times in a state where voters approved medical marijuana. They don’t want to prescribe it.For the Kansas City Star, Andy Marso wrote, “Missouri made medical marijuana legal, but most doctors don’t want any part of it.” (See copy on Medical Xpress).Here are the key take-home points from this report:Kansas City doctors “opposed every marijuana measure on the ballot.”Ethical doctors don’t want to give patients substances lacking standard dosages or purities.Without knowing what the raw plant does for a condition, it’s impossible to measure risks and benefits.Doctors are very much opposed to giving permission for smoking marijuana.In other states, medical marijuana cards often act like permission slips than prescriptions.Shady doctors willing to prescribe medical marijuana cards stand to make a lot of money.The new law puts ethical doctors in a difficult spot when patients want a card with their blessing.Ethical doctors hope that new state guidelines won’t order them to prescribe cards when asked.“Based upon the publicity, individuals will go to their physicians and ask for marijuana, which actually puts physicians in a little bit of a difficult spot because there’s a lack of data to indicate when is a potentially good time, if there is one, to be able to suggest the use of marijuana.”Marijuana research has been hampered because the federal government deems it a Schedule I controlled substance. But it has shown promise in treating pain and psychiatric or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and some parts of the plant have already been incorporated into FDA-approved products for treating epilepsy and for nausea caused by chemotherapy.But Mammen said marijuana, like other drugs or even herbal supplements, can interact dangerously with other medications patients might be taking, and doctors also need to be concerned about side effects like vomiting or, for people with mental illness, psychotic episodes.Marso shows what can happen with so-called medical marijuana bills. Jeff Howell, a regulator in Missouri, doesn’t want to see in Missouri what has happened in California: “The important thing for me is that it doesn’t turn into Venice Beach (California), where you have storefronts that say ‘Come in and get your marijuana card.’” That is not responsible medicine.Marijuana is just a plant. So is lettuce. So is stinging nettle. So is poison ivy, castor bean, and hemlock. When Jesus declared all foods clean (Mark 7:19), He was not throwing responsibility out the window. When the Lord showed Peter a vision of clean and unclean animals, including reptiles, and said, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat” (Acts 10), He was not telling Peter to pick up a venomous adder and munch on it. We have to use our brains. The Lord’s point was the the strict, objective Levitical dietary laws for Jews no longer applied to the church. Peter could still eat Jewish food (St. Peter’s fish, for example) if he wanted to, but he was no longer obligated to restrict his diet to foods declared “clean” under the Law of Moses. Evidence and logic will reveal, through experimental science, which plants and animals are healthy and which are not.With this in mind, what about medical marijuana? If it is just a plant, why worry? Aren’t many drugs derived from plants? The reason: plants can be very healthy or very toxic, with a wide range in between. We as consumers of plants have different health challenges, and have different genes and different susceptibilities to side effects. It will take years of clinical trials with many participants to establish statistical significance for conditions that might benefit from medical marijuana. Importantly, those dosages have to be regulated so that pills containing the active ingredients are known in detail, and all side effects accounted for. That has not been the case up till now. In fact, there are concerns that commercially grown marijuana has much higher THC content than the natural plants (THCs are the molecules that cause the mental impairment). That’s why Missouri doctors don’t want to be forced to prescribe it. They don’t know what their patients will be getting.The medical marijuana steamroller would run over ethics if not controlled. Legalization activists are often motivated by their own desire to smoke it without regard for the societal consequences. They use “medical marijuana” as a cover for their own desires. Those desires often have little to do with medical progress, and more to do with personal pleasure at the cost of sound judgment. In fact, many of them want to push cannabis onto other citizens in the form of cannabis-laden snack foods, which unsuspecting consumers might not even know are tainted with THCs, in order to get more people hooked and thereby spread cannabis use throughout society. Shady companies are capitalizing on the marijuana legalization movement, hoping to get rich without regard for their victims, just like others do with alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. A healthy government needs responsible citizens to vote wisely. It should not promote activities that impair logical reasoning, put innocent citizens at risk of car accidents, create unhealthy habits, and potentially cause permanent brain damage in the youth. Freedom should be freedom for good, not license for evil.The day may come when the active ingredients in cannabis become better known, such that pills for certain conditions can be prescribed safely. Most likely, smoking marijuana will NOT be on the prescribed treatment list! But we say, more power to researchers conducting ethical clinical trials. We agree; marijuana is just a plant. It deserves to be studied. Treatments have already shown it can benefit epilepsy in certain cases where nothing else has worked. There may be undiscovered miracle cures for some untreatable diseases. And for patients dying in pain, Proverbs 31:1-9 indicates (by analogy with “strong drink”) that marijuana could be used in such cases. But just as the Bible condemns drunkenness, it condemns getting “high” on anything that robs a person of his judgment or ability to serve God and others. Speaking on our liberty in Christ, Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.” (I Corinthians 6:12).  Paul said in II Corinthians 3:17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” but in II Timothy 1:7 he tempered that truth with a counterbalance, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”As always, the Bible contains the principles we need to sort through human controversies with godly wisdom.(Visited 429 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgAFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela is hardly ruffled despite his team’s recent slump.Even with the Texters in danger of missing out on the playoffs, Racela remains confident TNT can turn things around when it squares off with GlobalPort on Wednesday night in a crucial PBA Philippine Cup clash at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But a victory by the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. clash will allow Globalport to pull ahead of Ka Tropa in the playoff race.Racela has been candid enough to admit his need for improvement, but also challenged his players to rise to the challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re trying to address things, probably better management from my end,” Racela said, after a 93-78 defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.“For some of our players, we’re not getting the usual numbers that we get from them basing on the previous conferences, years, so something is changing. So again, we need to make our adjustments, and be able to manage it better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. pitting Phoenix and Meralco also has huge playoff implications with the Fuel Masters looking to gain a share of fifth spot with NLEX and Ginebra.The Fuel Masters stunned TNT, 74-72, in thrilling fashion last Friday, with guard Matthew Wright hoping the victory can spark a stirring finish in the elimination round.“We’re not taking any of those teams lightly in our remaining games,” said Wright. “We are confident in our abilities, and we’re expecting to go 4-and-0 in our last four games. We took care of TNT, so we just got to take care of the next three.”The Bolts are in need of a jolt after dropping to 2-6 following the 87-85 loss to NLEX last Friday.“We just got to keep trying, come back next game and win the game,” said Meralco coach Norman Black, after the Bolts surrendered an 18-point lead in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Former champs headline TCC tourney Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Racela’s squad rallied late in the same tournament last season and even dragged eventual champion San Miguel Beer to a Game 7 in the semifinals before bowing out.“We just need to break the losing streak,” Racela said. “We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice, but to focus on the next game.”The Batang Pier boosted their roster ahead of the duel with the Texters after signing former Rain or Shine gunner Jeric Teng, who will be reunited with ex-University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio, now at the helm at GlobalPort. View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT “But he knows what’s in front of him and I think the better he does in this fight, the bigger fight he’ll get next.”The 38-year-old Pacquiao, who won eight of his 11 fights from Sept. 2005 to Nov. 2009 by stoppage including a brutal KO win in the second round over Ricky Hatton, beat Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in his last two fights.In contrast, the unheralded Horn, who is known more for being a school teacher in Australia than a boxer, has won his previous three fights by KO.Fernandez: Team Pacquiao likes a challenge4.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pacquiao happy with conditioning 1 month before fight2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “His power is as good as ever. He is showing me that he still has the power,” said the Hall-of-Fame cornerman. “Believe me he does. The other day when he gave me a shot I think he broke my rib. It’s still sore. He has great punching power and still has KO power.”“I’m looking for a knockout too. He has the speed and the power. He lost his killer instinct along the way but I still think he wins this fight by knockout.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRoach said Pacquiao needs to win by knockout not only to break the dry spell but more significantly, to land big fights in the future.“I believe that Manny needs to really look good in this fight to get Mayweather. To have a big fight, you have to have great performances. I told Manny, ‘If you want Mayweather you really need to look good in this fight’ and I said, ‘We should knock this guy out,’” Roach said. In this photo taken on September 29, 2016, Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a gym in Manila, ahead of his November 6 bout with Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEManny Pacquiao may not be as heavy handed as he once was during his prime but his longtime trainer Freddie Roach believes his prized student can still pack a punch.Pacquiao hasn’t won by stoppage since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009 but Roach is convinced the drought will finally end against Jeff Horn on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Roach: Pacquiao is the most skilled fighter in the world2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Wangs rises to the occasion, stuns CEU BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pacquiao sparring partner predicts 7th round KO for Manny4.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Washington Tuesday to further strengthen the ties between Canada and the U.S. just as a new poll suggests Canadians don’t want this country heading down the same path as its southern neighbour.But the results of the Ekos-Canadian Press survey don’t necessarily mean Canadians’ points of view are completely at odds with those who voted U.S. President Donald Trump into office, said Ekos president Frank Graves.Ekos and the Canadian Press surveyed 4,839 Canadians via telephone between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1 as part of an ongoing effort to understand whether the same drivers exist in Canada as those behind populist movements supporting a more isolationist viewpoint around the world.The results suggest Canada favours a more open approach — 60 per cent of those asked don’t want a “Canada First” foreign policy that mirrors the “America First” rallying cry that put Trump in office. Eighty per cent of those surveyed also disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, and 52 per cent want to see Canada become less like the U.S.“Canada is clearly pivoting open, you can make the case with some of the data on that,” said Graves.“But if you look at more of the data, I’m not so sure. It’s not that clear.”The data also suggests 22 per cent of those surveyed think Canada ought to become more isolated, a marked increase after years of the number remaining relatively flat.Also, among those surveyed 37 per cent think Canada’s immigration policy admits too many visible minorities. Twenty-nine per cent said they’ve experienced an incident of racism in the last month, and 33 per cent said they believe racism is becoming more common.Ekos conducted the survey between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, and the survey of the entire sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points 19 times out of 20.Different sample sizes were polled for each question to increase the number of questions researchers were able to ask.Ekos has been tracking attitudes towards visible minority immigration for 25 years because it serves as a way to test levels of racial intolerance in Canada, said Graves.The question of whether it is too high was put to 1,154 people during the recent survey, and the margin of error for those findings was 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Forty-two per cent believe the right amount are being let in and 15 per cent say too few.Graves said the incidence of those believing it’s too high peaked before the last federal election and seems to be on the decline. It’s still lower than it was in the 1990s, he said.The survey also probed for people’s perceptions of their economic future, and the results suggest Canadians are pretty pessimistic about the way things are going, despite economic indicators to the contrary.That, coupled with the responses on how open this country ought to be, suggests the door can’t be closed on the argument that the same economic and social frustration that’s fuelled populism elsewhere doesn’t exist here, Graves said.“There’s clearly a significant portion of Canada that’s not going to be convinced by the whole notion that an open welcoming Canada is the right answer to the problems that they see in their lives and the country.”What that might mean for Canada’s political landscape remains to be seen. Sixty-four per cent of those who say Canada is letting in too many visible minorities identify as Conservative supporters; 62 per cent of those who think the number is just right are Liberal.But Graves noted that studies done in the U.S. before and after that election revealed that people who were exhibiting racial intolerance and who voted for Trump said they would have voted Democrat if that party had put forward a more progressive platform.Maintaining support for immigration ranks high on the Liberals’ list of priorities; in the coming weeks, they’re poised to unveil how many newcomers Canada will admit in 2018.The Liberals are keen on immigration to foster economic growth, but complicating the issue is the ongoing arrival of asylum seekers at the border prompting criticism the government has lost control of the system.In Britain, a survey after the surprising yes vote in a referendum on leaving the EU found that nearly 73 per cent of those who voted to leave were worried about immigration levels being too high.The Ekos survey found 41 per cent feel too many immigrants are currently being let in overall.last_img read more