Pubdate: Thu, 02 Jan 2014
Source: Florida Today (Melbourne, FL)
Copyright: 2014 Todd Jaffe
Author: Todd Jaffe


The American Society of Addiction Medicine opposes the concept of
"medical marijuana" legalization. The belief that marijuana is
non-addictive is false. The belief that marijuana does not lead to
stronger drugs in susceptible individuals is false. The belief that
there is no marijuana medication already available is false.

The facts are addiction is a genetic disease in most cases, mediated
by dopamine as the primary transmitter.

The drug of choice that causes its release may vary, but any drug that
releases dopamine - which marijuana does - can cause addiction and
lead to a desire for stronger stimulants of release.

The drug Marinol is used for nausea and appetite stimulation in cancer
patients. It can also be used in severe glaucoma patients as a
supplemental agent.

I find it most interesting that President Obama's biggest Florida
supporter, John Morgan is behind the push to essentially legalize
marijuana. The real goal of the Democrat progressive Morgan may be to
help the president.

If enough people start smoking marijuana, the well-demonstrated apathy
will help get them forget about his impeachable offenses of Benghazi,
constitutional violations with the roll out of the unaffordable health
care act, an IRS that has been used as an enforcer, a NSA that spies
on its own people and allies..

Stop the lunacy that is the drive for medical marijuana.

Todd Jaffe, M.D.

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