From the ONCOLOGY NURSE...To clarify... I never said "Marinol doesn't have any risk." ALL drugs have a risk. I believe marijuana should be legal. I believe patients who wish to use it should have access to it. Just as patients should have access to " study drugs" that are pending FDA approval when there are no other options. I object to "cancer patients" being put up on a platform for legalizing marijuana. It is not a panacea, nor should it be treated as such. I believe in legalization of marijuana, let's just not pretend that everyone who wants it legalized wants it for medical reasons. It should be like alcohol. Regulated and taxed. I also do not agree with classification as a schedule I drug.
As an oncology nurse with 15+ years experience, I do not agree with legalization of marijuana for purposes of controlling nausea or appetite. There is a drug (Marinol) that has the active properties of marijuana without the risk (such as contaminates that cause aspergillious pneumonia). However I do agree as a citizen that I would LIKE marijuana to be legal. I can't speak to glaucoma. However… when marinol is used appropriately (with compazine every 6 hours) the patients I have seen have experienced relief of nausea and poor appetite. If you want to legalize marijuana, go for it. Get off the cancer platform.
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