Pubdate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)
Copyright: 2014 Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Author: John Dockum


Your Health+Fitness edition of Oct. 7 carried a news clip from The 
Washington Post titled "Does medical pot work? 92 percent of patients 
say yes." For those who missed reading it, the following quotes may 
help provide authoritative evidence of the value of medical marijuana 
and refute claims such as TV's "There's nothing medical about this marijuana."

"A 2013 survey in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 
nearly eight in 10 doctors approved the use of medical marijuana. Now 
a representative health survey of 7,525 California adults, produced 
by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the CDC, found 
that 92 percent of medical marijuana patients said (that it) 
alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including 
chronic pain, arthritis, migraine and cancer."

"Our study contradicts commonly held beliefs that medical marijuana 
is being overused by healthy individuals," the authors write. "The 
most common reasons for use include medical conditions for which 
mainstream treatments may not exist ... or may not be effective ..."

These reports helped convince me to vote "yes" for constitutional 
Amendment No. 2.

John Dockum

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