MAINE COMPASS: Medical marijuana program faces uncertainty from new rules

August 9th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

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MAINE COMPASS: Medical marijuana program faces uncertainty from new rules

Paul T. McCarrier and Alisha Melnick

Imagine that you have Crohn’s disease, terminal cancer or chronic pain from a serious car accident. You’ve tried all the drugs out there, but they make you nauseated, withdrawn or cause severe headaches.

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When you try to stop taking them, you feel anxious and crampy and can’t sleep. You’re scared because friends have gotten hooked on some of these drugs, and you know someone who died from an overdose.

The one thing that allows you to eat, sleep, or function semi-normally is marijuana.

The cannabis plant has never been the cause of an overdose, and is proven to have a wide range of medical benefits with few side effects.

You’ve talked with your doctor, who agrees marijuana would be the best treatment for you, but clarifies that it will not be covered under any health plan. You’ll have to grow it or buy it.

James is an older man who suffers from pain caused by a genetic disease. He lives in Waldo, off the grid and on limited income, so he can’t afford to buy his medical marijuana.

He’s been able to avoid many of the narcotics he could be prescribed by being able to grow his own marijuana.

Now the Department of Health Human Services is proposing rules would require the fence around his

Article source: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/opinion/medical-marijuana-program-faces-uncertainty-from-new-rules_2012-08-08.html

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