Letters: Tennessee wants medical marijuana oil

Contributed To The Press • Feb 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Editor’s Note: For our Question of the Week, we asked readers whether Tennessee should legalize oil-based marijuana for medical care. Here are some of your responses.

I’m a cancer patient, and I want medical marijuana

I have terminal cancer and I am being served by Amedesys Hospice. I have an extremely rare cancer and, of course, the chemo failed as there is no chemo for my type of cancer. As a matter of fact there is only one physician, a gynecological oncologist surgeon, who is approved to treat my Extra Ovarian Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma. Of all the oncologists I saw, and other doctors and surgeons, none had ever personally seen or tried to treat anyone with this type of cancer.

The two physicians serving me through hospice have never treated, or known, anyone with my type of cancer. One of them sent word through my nurse that he was so sorry that instead of him knowing what to do and how best to treat me he was having to wait daily for what was happening to me to try to best figure out what to do, but that no matter what he would try and make certain that I was in as little pain as possible as I die.


I; however, am in favor of ALL forms of marijuana to treat problems people have that are of even "lesser" medical in nature. I, in fact, wish that I could have grown a plant on my farm for personal use for myself and my husband for medical usage unrelated to the illnesses related in your article.

Even now, who is to say that a form of marijuana other than "oil" might help me? What would there be to lose by trying it since I will shortly be dead anyway?

I really hate it when legislators make laws concerning how our fellow citizens must live when they are frequently not dealing with enough information to make those laws.



Teach your lawmakers about the effects of cannabis

It is absolutely time for lawmakers to legalize oil-based cannabis products for medical purposes in Tennessee.

Thousands of sick Tennesseans, ranging in age from children to seniors, would benefit from what is now legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

Education of lawmakers is key. The citizens of this state are far ahead of them. Any lawmaker with a suffering family member who might benefit from medical cannabis becomes a supporter. Prime example, House Speaker and candidate for governor Beth Harwell.



What the doctor ordered

As a physician, I have been very interested in the oil. I have read studies from the Mayo Clinic as well as Israel, which seems to be in the forefront of medical marijuana and have achieved some impressive results.

There are a few caveats:

• In studies any psychosis is viewed as an adverse effect.

• No more than 9 percent THC is synergistic with the rest of the compound being cannabinoids.

• Most smoking plants that are being used as medical marijuana have 30 percent THC here in the US.

• You can grow plants with low THC (psychosis part) and the rest cannabinoids.

• Lab testing is the key of the product and there are over 144 cannabinoids that have been identified.

• In Israel, the marijuana has been so thoroughly classified that lab equipment can identify where the plant was grown and everything about it.

Every day the sale of illegal marijuana is not only costing taxpayers money through enforcement but we are losing millions in tax revenue. The feds should reclassify it to a schedule II drug like cocaine and put parameters on the strength of plants. That would satisfy everyone. Imagine unraveling the plague that dementia causes in the brain or treating opioid addiction with a natural medicine that is non-addictive and does not cause respiratory depression, killing people.

I believe that putting plants that have 9 percent THC parameters and the rest cannabinoids could be the start to oil that would help many people. I have encouraged organizations like the new Ballad to institute studies and research especially in our area for opioid addiction and Alzheimer's to name a few. I have discussed these issues with law enforcement, medicine and our representatives and everyone agrees that we need to look at these types of cures.



Keep an eye out on Mondays for more Questions of the Week, but you may send us letters about any topic important to you. Authors must sign their letters and include addresses and phone numbers for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length. Send your submission to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717 or mailbag@johnsoncitypress.com.

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