Why Kiel is wrong about medical marijuana

SLED Chief Mark Kiel recently claimed on these pages We oppose a bill that allows South Carolina doctors to allow patients to use marijuana as a treatment for certain severely debilitating conditions. Prime Minister Kiel’s allegations are as follows: Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, equivalent to heroin, and more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamine. Therefore, it cannot be legally designated as a drug by the state until it is rescheduled and approved. According to the FDA.

That is not true. Thirty-six states and DCs have passed legislation that legalizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and the federal government has repeatedly expressed its consent. It issues similar orders to US prosecutors and courts by recognizing the power of action of Congress, the Department of Justice, by enacting provisions prohibiting the use of federal funds to interfere with these state laws.

Kiel also doesn’t talk about the tragic history behind marijuana being classified as a Schedule I drug. President Richard Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, kept marijuana in this category at the president’s direction in 1972, even though the president’s own selection of expert committees recommended that marijuana be included. I placed it for a long time. And we know that Nixon has given that instruction to punish two enemies: Anti-war left and blacks.. That’s it for the science-based schedule I classification of marijuana.

In fact, science is not his purpose, so it is not mentioned at all by Chief Keel. In January 2017, the National Academy of Sciences reviewed over 10,000 scientific summaries. Conclusive evidence of marijuana medical benefits foundFor example, with regard to chronic pain, it was found that patients treated with marijuana experienced a significant reduction in pain symptoms. Other findings addressed the benefits of chemotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms associated with nausea.

The law opposed by Emir Kiel is based on this science. The only condition that can be treated with marijuana is that there is strong evidence that it may be beneficial: cancer, multiple sclerosis, neurological disorders, sickle-erythrocyte anemia, glaucoma, PTSD, self. Chronic condition with closure, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cachexia, severe cachexia, end-stage disease, or opioid prescription. The doctor will also need to provide a written proof of the patient’s condition and renew the proof annually after making a direct diagnosis.

Its final eligibility condition-a chronic condition for which opioids are prescribed-is especially worth emphasizing given the opioid epidemic of SC.so A 2016 study based on the treatment of patients enrolled in the Medical Marijuana Program for Intractable Pain in Minnesota, 63% of patients reported reduced or eliminated opioid use after taking medical marijuana for 6 months.

Some of Kiel’s allegations are unrelated. For example, despite the fact that the bill has very strict regulations that directly address these concerns, he said, “The flashy name of the pharmacy is unknown, has no medication instructions, and is designed to appeal to children. I’m worried about the pharmacy that sells Rijuana products. In any case, whenever he or his representative requests revisions, they are incorporated. If enacted, the law will be more stringent than the laws of the 36 states that have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

The majority of South Carolina citizens (72% in a February 2021 poll) want to empower their doctors and relieve their patients’ pain, but they don’t want loose legislation that can be easily avoided. This is certainly not the case. There is no doubt that even by Chief Kiel, marijuana can provide relief in the event of a drug failure, and lawmakers have a moral obligation to obtain it safely and legally in the hands of those in need of it. I am.

Tom Davies represents Beaufort and Jasper counties in the South Carolina Senate.