Ann Althouse Insults Medical Marijuana

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Popular law blogger Ann Althouse concurs with Rudy Giuliani's ignorant remarks about medical marijuana:

He takes a tough position:

"You can accomplish everything you want to accomplish with things other than marijuana, probably better. There are pain medications much superior to marijuana," he said.
"We'd be much better off telling people the truth. Marijuana adds nothing to the array of legal medications and prescription medications that are available for pain relief."
I think he's right. But perhaps marijuana should be legalized, not just for people who can portray themselves as sick enough, but for any adult.
I appreciate that Althouse is open to legalization, but her casual and unsupported affirmation of Giuliani's remarks is uncalled for.

The fact that medical marijuana advances the interests of the legalization crowd doesn't mean it's a trick. Legalizers were simply among the first people to speak up about the treatment of patients. That's changing rapidly now. Do these groups sound like key players in a marijuana legalization conspiracy, Ann?
* The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)
* The American Nurses Association (ANA)
* The American Public Health Association (APHA)
* The American Society of Addiction Medicine
* British Medical Association
* The National Association for Public Health Policy
* The National Nurses Society on Addictions
* The Episcopal Church
* The Presbyterian Church USA
* The United Church of Christ
* The United Methodist Church's Board of Church and Society
* The Union of Reform Judiasm
* The Unitarian Universalist Association

All of these organizations (and many more) have endorsed medical marijuana, and they're probably a bit more credible than OxyContin representative Rudy Giuliani.

Politics aside, why is it so hard to agree that people who don’t feel good should be allowed to feel better by using marijuana? Regardless of what anyone says, marijuana becomes a medicine when sick people successfully use it to treat their symptoms. That's what medicine is, by definition.

The "other options" argument is ludicrous because it is vital that sick people be given as many options as possible. Medical marijuana patients include people who are allergic to other medicines. Many patients use other medications as well, but find that marijuana settles their stomach after eating a dozen pills. For some, marijuana relaxes the muscles and/or the mood in ways that other medicines do not. Many of these "other options" are more toxic and more addictive than marijuana, and that is just a fact.

Patients and their doctors are the first people one should consult for information on the efficacy of medical marijuana, and their experiences should always matter more than the politicized fulminations of an authoritarian former prosecutor on the campaign trail.

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British Medical Association

BMA? Are you a commie scott? Commies love their drugs and such...

Seriously though, it is just absurd to me that the "better alternatives" are often more addictive and LETHAL. Thanks for that post Scott, I just started reading about Giuliani's Oxycontin work, it's very interesting, but scary, stuff.

More ignorance

It always disturbs me when people highlight their myopic view of history. 11.39, you are right on point. The former CEO of Johnson & Johnson founding the Partnership for a Drug-Free America says it all.

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I Trust Doctors and Medical Orgs Over Politians and Lawyers

When did Rudy graduate from medical school? And, if Ann places a “Dr.” in front of her name it’s because she’s a law professor not a seasoned medical professional.

I think Giuliani and Althouse should contact some of the thousands of doctors from all around the country who support medical marijuana. They might start by calling any of the more than 7,000 unveiled on a 600-foot banner at HHS almost three years ago, or any one of the 25 or so major medical organizations listed on it as well. These experts and organizations are not in hiding, and they are not part of a conspiracy to legalize marijuana.

Check out http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/357/full.shtml#asa to read about ASA’s October 2004 civil disobedience (complete with 14 arrests) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – I’m the bald guy in the middle wrapped in hundreds of names with more medical credentials than “Dr. Giuliani” or “Dr. Althouse”.

- David

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