Fear of medical pot abuse deserves full public vetting

Apr 30, 2011

Defend­ers of Hawaii’s med­ical mar­i­juana law were star­tled this week by a late effort to sharply limit uses of mar­i­juana to reduce severe pain. The pro­posal car­ries an assump­tion that either doc­tors or patients are being less than can­did about whether the pain actu­ally exists. This may be. But the onus should be on Sen. Josh Green, who pro­posed the last-minute change, to pro­vide evi­dence of such shenani­gans before such changes become law. Green, a Big Island emer­gency room physi­cian and chair­man of the Sen­ate Health Com­mit­tee, injected the pro­posal in a House-Senate con­fer­ence this week in a bill to launch a med­ical mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary as a pilot pro­gram. The senator’s con­cerns about the program

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Fear of med­ical pot abuse deserves full pub­lic vetting

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