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By "Radical" Russ Belville on October 28, 2011
So, we’re to assume here it was the K2 that scarred the boys lungs and not the freakin’ fumes from the melting plastic of a PEZ dispenser?!?
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 13, 2010
The only possible reason Legacy and OHSU have to deny transplants to medical marijuana patients is simply institutional bias against medical marijuana patients. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Transplant entitled “Marijuana use in potential liver transplant candidates” that looked at almost 1,500 cannabis-using and non-cannabis-using liver transplant patients over an eight-year span and concluded “patients who did and did not use marijuana had similar survival rates.”
Posted in ABNORML NEWS, ACTIVISM, SCIENCE | Tagged Jim Klahr, Legacy, Legacy hospital, OHSU, Oregon, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Portland Tribune, Tim Garon, transplant, transplants | 11 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on January 25, 2010
Paul Armentano discusses the latest studies on cannabis and cancer; Douglas Hiatt discusses the tragedy of denying liver transplants to medical marijuana patients; music by Henry Butler.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on August 10, 2009
(Honolulu Advertiser) Big Island resident Kimberly Reyes, who was diagnosed with Hepatitis in March 2008, had been told in July that she had less than 30 days to live. Her family claimed the Waimea resident had followed doctor’s orders, but her insurance carrier, Hawaii Medical Service Association, denied her coverage for a liver transplant she [...]
By MrSpof on April 17, 2009
Last week, a bill was introduced in the state General Assembly to allow patients registered with the state to possess, grow and use the drug for medicinal purposes. Patients would be protected from being refused employment, volunteer positions, organ transplants and child custody rights. What the bill wouldn’t do, however, is legalize marijuana for just [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on January 5, 2009
Longtime Stash listeners will remember the tragic story of Tim Garon, a Pacific Northwest man who was kicked off a liver transplant list because of his legal use of medical cannabis. Many, if not most transplant programs will refuse a patient with inactive cannabis metabolites based on gross prejudice against cannabis users and lack of [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on October 23, 2008
Should Hepatitis C Patients Who Smoke Marijuana Be Eligible For Liver Transplants? ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2008) — The pain is debilitating. The only option: smoking medical marijuana. That’s the reality for many hepatitis C patients whose road to health includes a liver transplant. Although Canadian transplant centres are more willing than those in the United [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 21, 2008
Willamette Week | “Organ Failure” | May 21st, 2008 Garon, a 56-year-old professional musician who had hepatitis C, died after a University of Washington Medical Center committee denied him a spot on a liver-transplant list. Part of their reason: Garon used medical marijuana—which is legal under Washington law. Garon wouldn’t have fared any better in [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 29, 2008
Medical marijuana patients face transplant hurdles | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle SEATTLE — Timothy Garon’s face and arms are hauntingly skeletal, but the fluid building up in his abdomen makes the 56-year-old musician look eight months pregnant. His liver, ravaged by hepatitis C, is failing. Without a new one, his doctors tell him, he will [...]
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