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‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists | desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register

In Medical Marijuana on September 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists

September 16, 2010

John L. Gray, the Altoona police chief, forgot to mention the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy was waiting to hear the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s recommendation, that unanimously recommended implementing a medical marijuana program in Iowa. (” ‘Medical’ Marijuana a Path to Legalization,” Sept. 8 letter.)

The Drug Control Policy office considers prescription painkillers as the largest drug problem in Iowa. Marijuana is a safe alternative to the opiate-based (heroin) pills.

Over 95 percent of the 132 people who testified did so in support. These were patients, doctors and researchers. Over 12,000 additional pages were submitted, the vast majority of which were scientific studies. Marinol (THC) pills are legal, but they don’t contain the over 80 medicinal compounds found in marijuana. They are ineffective and cost over $800 a month. A cancer patient with chronic nausea should not be forced to attempt swallowing a pill with the hope it will work in an hour. Medical marijuana allows instant, effective relief.

I agree with Gray that it is important for citizens to make their voices heard. Iowans, by 64 percent, support medical marijuana.

– Jimmy Morrison, Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana, Muscatine

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