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If other medications work better than marijuana, so what? | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.

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6 responses to “If other medications work better than marijuana, so what?”

  1. fester420

    So true Russ. I feel more and more doctors are developing a fear towards cannabis simply because of its implications of a cheap-affordable medicine that people can grow in their homes. This may take away the normal actions of I have a problem so I will go to a doctor and get a prescription and feel better. Cannabis upsets this entire balance of the western medicine norm which means Big Pharma and the doctors they control will lose money. I am not saying all doctors are slaves to Big Pharma, of course there are some great doctors out there that just want to help people. However, doctors are people which means some of them are greedy, and Big pharma offers kick backs to doctors that prescribe their medicines which is not news to any of us. Legalize it! Oh and I like the analogy of willow bark and aspirin to cannabis.

  2. fishcreekbob

    Ya what they said :gopack: and Show me a body :pound:

  3. tensity1

    The concerned doctor obviously has a bias against cannabis, but what’s new?

    He cherry picks his information, of course, mentioning addiction and side-effects without comparing relative degree with other substances. By the way, the APA, with their upcoming version of the DSM-V, rewords most “addictions” into “dependence disorders” to mitigate the stigma of relying on medications for chronic pain. Their aim is to normalize the dependence that may result when using substances to treat pain. I guess they think it’s okay to not want to suffer, even if it means side-effects such as physical dependence, or in the case of MMJ, “euphoria” (the horror!). Imagine that.

    Western medicine and science are a great thing, but anecdotal evidence can’t be ignored completely, especially when thousands of years of history and modern studies initiated because of anecdotes back them up. Is the doctor ignorant of the roughly 17,000 studies from around the world on cannabis, the majority of which show beneficial properties and the non-toxicity of cannabis? Is he ignorant of the AMA’s current stance of wanting to re-classify cannabis so that it may be studied more and prescribed? Has he not heard the news out of California about the gold-standard, double-blind-with-placebo studies on the efficacy of MMJ for various ailments? (Surprise! It is effective.) He doesn’t know anything about the several governmental studies from around the world on the physical, medical, and societal effects of cannabis, which show minimal harms and some positive advantages? Hmm. . . .

    So, marijuana isn’t clearly a “science-based treatment”? Doctor needs to re-think that statement or re-take some high school science classes. Millions of people throughout history have essentially been following the scientific method in realizing the effectiveness of cannabis and therefore using it. If he means modern pharmacological research, industry, and the ethically questionable approval process some medicines go through to reach market (which in some cases ignored science for profit), no, it’s not that; but it is seeking, questioning, experimentation, and evaluation . . . and guess what? The overabundance of anecdotal evidence throughout humanity’s history on the efficacy of cannabis is pretty much a resounding Yes. It’s not just a fucking placebo (and if it were such an awesome placebo, you’d be a fool not to use it). Oh yeah–as I stated above, there are the pesky few examples (among many) of “real science.”

    Maybe he doesn’t know about all the research out there. But maybe he’s a pharmaceutical shill. Maybe not. At best, he’s an ignorant doctor, but I’ll take the perhaps unfair leap and call him what he maybe is: a moralizing, prohibitionist dick.

  4. NegatroN

    Imagine if people were so strict with the other substances they consume. For instance, all the things we eat in order to fuel our bodies aren’t quantified in specific measured doses, and I’m sure there is a ton of harm we are doing to ourselves the way we eat. Where are all the doctors writing articles on how we should quantify everything’s proper dosage before we consume it? This accusation that MMJ is not scientific is entirely bogus. Just because there are more factors and variables than you are willing to calculate doesn’t make it not science. I wonder if the good Dr feels the same way about quantum mechanics, as there is a ton a variables and unknowns in that field to be sure.
    I wonder how much this guy got payed to pen this piece of garbage editorial…

  5. Winder

    Who cares what Dr. Lipshitz thinks, and who reads Forbes.com? Oh yeah, right wing, rich getting richer off of the continued gap-widening of the have’s and have-nots fatcat bureaucrats and their phony cronies. Big business concerns are rightly concerned; they’re about to be put out of business by a weed. They had their run, now it’s our turn to prosper.

    Beautiful rebuttal, though, as always Russ… If we just had a few hundred like you running for office…
    We could turn out all these corporate whores peddling poison at the expense of our health, happiness and livelihoods. It’s happening, but it just seems so slow… always a setback for every victory.

    We’d all be healthier, happier and likely more successful in everything we do — if we just had a safe recreational relaxant — maybe something we could grow in our gardens? Something that would allow us to treat ourselves effectively for a vast variety of illnesses without the need to purchase pricy poisonous pills?

    Herb! :greenmj:

  6. fishcreekbob

    I’m blubberless :stoned: But one question Russ All right to use that line Show me a body :nod:

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