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Medical officials say don’t expand AZ marijuana law

Medical officials have recommended that Arizona’s top public health official deny proposals to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, saying it didn’t find convincing evidence that the drug helps people with post-traumatic stress disorder or three other conditions.

The Department of Health Services’ medical advisory committee report to agency director Will Humble was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press under Arizona’s public records law. The recommendation was dated Tuesday.

Requests pending with Humble would allow medical marijuana use for PTSD, migraine headaches, anxiety and depression.

The recommendation cites University of Arizona studies that looked for scientific research findings on medical marijuana and the four medical conditions.

“We acknowledge there is anecdotal evidence that using marijuana has helped patients, but there is no way to exclude the possibility that the improvement is due solely to placebo,” the advisory committee said in its report.

Arizona now permits medical marijuana use to treat cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, chronic pain, muscle spasms and hepatitis C.

Those conditions were authorized in the law approved by voters in 2008 to create the program. The law also requires the department to consider petitions to allow use for more conditions, and those submitted earlier this year were the first.

Scientists and medical marijuana advocates have complained that research in this country has been stymied by a lack of a legal supply of marijuana.

The Arizona Medical Association’s house of delegates voted in June to urge the state’s congressional delegation to support having the National Institute on Drug Abuse make marijuana available for privately funded research.

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3 comments

  1. I have seen the people who are “ill” that use marijuana. Its mostly BS. Doctors are GIVING OUT their signature on bogus illnesses for $100. There are a select few that DO use it for pain, cancer etc., but for the most part, this law is a loophole for abusers to get their fix with no fear of the consiquences previously surrounding weed. I now see people with and “excuse” for their habit and it makes me sick to my stomach. Its like watching an alcoholic be told its ok to drink for pain. Well guess what? They are going to say they are in PAIN all the time and use that as their excuse to CONSTANTLY drink. This law is causing more problems then solving them. And for those of us that DONT have drug addictions, its not a fair way to be expected to live. I fear who is on the road now more than ever.

  2. As a sufferer of migraines, my goal is not to just be pain free but to be functional after taking medication. Meaning able to work, take care of my children, go to the store, whatever safely and effectively.

    How functional is someone who has taken marijuana? Would you want the person driving? Watching your kids around water?

  3. Well unfortunately i would have to disagree with the two ladies previus statements dude to lack of education in the matter. This medicine is just like any other medicine. If your Dr gave you pain medication and said only take 1 would you have 5? This is lack of responsibility by the individual not other patients using there pain medication properly. You should never operate heavy machineary under the influence of alcohol, Cannabis, or prescription pills of any sort.

    And really lets be honest, comparing alcohol to cannabis isn’t a very accurate example. Anyone can walk into just about any store and buy alcohol as long as they are of age. Which has made the drug we like to call alcohol extremely hard for our nations youth to posses. Wouldn’t you think it would have the same effect with regulation of cannabis?

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