Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, February 18, 2010

MedPot, Epilepsy and Informed Consent

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Tim's epilepsy experience raises the question of the role of cannabinoids in preventative health and in particular in the treasured area of 'brain science' where so much of the individual 'anecdote' experience has lead researchers to powerful generic discovery.

CSU student thankful for medical marijuana
Vanessa Dominguez, for The Greeley Gazette

After five failed brain surgeries, one man finds relief in medical marijuana.

Tim DaGiau, a full time college student at CSU is hoping to attend law school someday. He is not your typical college student. He suffers from epilepsy, a brain disorder resulting in repeated seizures that can be very sudden. "Without medical marijuana I would have lost all hope," says DaGiau.

So much of matters of the brain is unique to each case that such treatment conclusions require a patient centred approach. Brain science was built upon such case by case analysis and deduction.

There is no room for political waxing around the 'moral tautology' that surrounds cannabis. (its immoral because it is illegal, illegal because it's immoral).

If one has been informed that a particular condition means 'end of life' consequence and that of the elective treatment regimes some carry greater risk than others... informed consent is the only paradigm upon which contemporary medicine can proceed. (the same might also apply to 'quality of life'.) One even has the right to die with dignity and reject a particular intervention. If one has that discretion (to die) one must logically have the empowered decision to what medicine you want (even if it kills you).

Yet, the taking of what is nothing more than a herbal supplement (and food additive) that is no more dangerous than forgetting to wash your hands requires criminal and moral sanctions to curtail such discovery.

What is wrong with people that they cannot see the splinter in thine eye.

Tim's experience demonstrates the efficacy of unfettered access to the best medicine he can get and that in his case, it is he and he alone that can determine the qualitative and quantitative improvements and balance the known risks.

A lesson for medicine, justice and politics no less.

Enjoy law Tim.

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