Palo Alto council takes stand against marijuana measure
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on Sep 11, 2012
With marijuana advocates pushing for Palo Alto to allow pot dispensaries, city officials took a firm stance Monday night against a ballot measure that would legalize and tax up to three such shops. ==B Related story:==
Legal questions muddle Palo Alto's pot debate]
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posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9:59 AM
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Posted by a physician and mother of 3
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Ok, last post cut off. So by and large, the VAST MAJORITY of my university and medical school classmates smoked pot occasionally, usually at the end of a long exam cycle, after we had taken our exams, on free time... NEVER ONCE did I, or any of my immediate classmates, say, "wow, I would love to try heroin, or cocaine, or meth". We were all taught that all of these were somehow equivalent with marijuana, but no one could tell US how marijuana had EVER harmed anyone, anytime.
I moved to California for my residency, and after starting, was amazed that there was this state senate bill which made medical cannabis available for patient use. At first, for nausea from chemo, and wasting from aids related illnesses, but increasingly for many other uses. I was forbidden from ever even mentioning it to any patient ever, regardless of the fact that they had end stage HIV or were getting malnourished from cancer. Unfair, but thankfully even residency programs started to change.
I have seen the awful GI bleeds and renal failure caused by NSAIDS given for pain, even at low doses, countless cases of vasculitis from IV phenergan, severe fungal infections from chronic steroid use, amnesia from benzodiazepines, impotence, urinary retention, and severe constipation from oral opiates, lethargy from all sorts of anti anxiety prescriptions, and rarer side effects such as complete bone marrow cell suppression, and all sorts of acute organ failures from medicines we give, routinely, to help with our patients' quality of life...
Now we have tons of literature available on most medications we give, and we can only imagine what COULD happen to them in the future, from something we gave after they were injured at work, in a car accident, or suffering from an acute viral or bacterial illness. What we DON'T have, in all of this, is a SINGLE death related to marijuana, in 10000 years of reported clinical use. We cannot say that for caffeine, nicotine, cigarette smoke, processed sugars, alcohol, stimulants, sedatives, etc.... they all have deaths and acute direct side effects reported YEARLY.
Simply because we cannot tell by looking at someone always WHY they need to use a type of medication does NOT mean they don't need it. Please remember this when you start to classify someone you see as "a stoner kid" or "using recreationally" when in fact that is a human trying not to take another pill for insomnia, neuropathy, pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, severe anxiety, panic, depression, nausea, cervical disc disease, lumbar disc disease, joint pain from previous trauma, etc. And yes, there have been a multitude of positive subjective and objective clinical findings reported in ACTUAL CURRENT MEDICAL RESEARCH... like from... Stanford....just look.
Increased police? No. Increased crime? Again, no. Ask a police officer, ask 10... 20.
There are many sources from which to learn. Just don't make the decision based on a set of beliefs based upon misconceptions, racial stereotyping, and past drug czar propaganda... base it upon what actually IS.