Pubdate: Tue, 15 May 2007 Source: Winona Daily News (MN) Copyright: 2007 Winona Daily News Contact: http://www.winonadailynews.com Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3177 Author: Stan Gierhan MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS A PUSH TO LEGALIZE In regards to the editorial opinion concerning medical marijuana, why reinvent the wheel? Medical marijuana already exists, it's called marinol. It has THC as the active ingredient, which is effective in controlling nausea and also used for stimulation of appetite. It has also been used to help control pain. So why get the state involved in the regulation of growing and the distribution of pot? If there is a great need for this treatment, then I suggest the state look into buying a supply of marinol. It comes in three different strengths. Negotiate a deal with the manufacturer, or maybe it's cheaper in Canada. This push to legalize medical pot is just another push to legalize pot period. Stan Gierhan Gierhan is a registered pharmacist and a member of the pharmacy staff at Community Memorial Hospital.