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Arkansas Medical Society opposes marijuana measure

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 5, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.

— The Arkansas Medical Society has announced its opposition to a ballot item that would legalize medical use of marijuana in Arkansas.

The organization represents more than 4,300 physicians and medical students in the state. The conservative lobbying group Family Council Action Committee on Monday praised the society’s 40-member board for voting to oppose the marijuana measure.

Backers of the measure say marijuana has helped them through pain and nausea during chemotherapy and other medical conditions when other drugs failed. The group Arkansans for Compassionate Care has released a list of dozens of doctors and medical professionals who support the measure.

But, the society says, advances in conventional medications enable regulated drugs to counter the conditions cited by the marijuana backers. The society says the negative consequences of legalizing medical marijuana outweigh the benefits.

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LevitiCuss says... November 5, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

Because drug prohibition has everything to do with the politics and profit associated with pain control, and almost nothing to do with public safety.
And these ass-hats took an oath to "first do no harm".
Unbelievable.

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NONSHEEPLE says... November 5, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.

I'm with you on this levit...

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SPA says... November 5, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.

I am sad to say that in my experience, the medical profession has more to do with making doctors and their extensive professional support system a lot of money more that providing excellent quality medical care. I have worked in and near the medical field, and I have family members who have, and one who teaches medical office management. And my experiences continue to support my observation: it's more about the money than it is about care. Care might be a close second, but it's second.

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Drumroll says... November 5, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.

They stand to lose a TON of money as they would lose a lot of perks and kick backs they recieve from big pharma. So, this should surprise no one they would take this stance.

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Jfish says... November 5, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.

So why is that big tobacco is evil and big hemp is just compassionate? Maybe the doctors don't want to prescribe something that is going to cause additional problems years down the road. I don't see how putting unfiltered smoke of any kind down your lungs is going to have no adverse impacts.

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NancyRea says... November 5, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

The Arkansas Medical Society has announced its opposition to a ballot item that would legalize medical use of marijuana in Arkansas. The group Arkansans for Compassionate Care has announced it has a list of 79 doctors who support the measure but Gary Fults, State Field Director: (501) 416-1274 tells me it is not on the internet to substantiate their statement and did not follow through with an agreement last week to email the list. Hmm

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Drumroll says... November 5, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.

JFish-there is no such thing as "big hemp" . It is grown by patients and small co-ops.

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Delta2 says... November 5, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.

Drumroll, that part about losing perks and kickbacks from Big Pharma is complete crap. It used to be true but those days are long gone. Even if there were such goodies being handed to docs, medical marijuana being legal would not have much if any effect. The Medical Society is just a consevative organization by its makeup, and this decision was made by its Board of Trustees. I do not believe it was the result of a vote by its rank and file membership, even though the outcome of such might have legitimized the Board's action.

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drs01 says... November 5, 2012 at 1:28 p.m.

If this amendment were better drafted I might support it. But today is allows persons located 5 miles or more from a non-profit (ha) sales outlet to GROW THEIR OWN. Grow it with very little policing or oversight and control from ANYONE. That's a license for major abuse. I believe there are better ways to provide this service to those who truly need it. This amendment is NOT the answer. Marijuana could be legalized, and severely taxed just like cigarettes and booze.

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NONSHEEPLE says... November 5, 2012 at 2 p.m.

The ONLY way they would legalize it would be if THEY could control the production... ANYTHING that can be grown so easily in a back yard takes TAXES out of Government hands... The SAME reason the GOV wont allow ethanol still in our back yards unless we jumpt through a bumch of hoops and also put POISON in it so it can only be used for fuel.... that's a bunch of BS.

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