Poll: Oklahomans Ready For Marijuana Law Reform
Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Oklahoma NORML Friday released survey results from a Sooner Poll showing strong support for medical marijuana and majority support for marijuana decriminalization. The poll had support for medical marijuana at 71% and support for decriminalization at 57%. The poll did not ask about legalization.
The poll of registered voters was conducted between August 28 and September 9. The margin of error is +/- 4.9%.
If someone is going to be arrested for a marijuana offense, nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) said they should be treated instead of jailed.
Under current Oklahoma law, possession of any amount can earn one up to a year in jail for a first offense and from two to 10 years for a second offense. Marijuana sales—of any amount—can earn a sentence of up to life in prison.
The state’s largest cities were the most in favor of fixing the state’s pot laws. In metro Oklahoma City and Tulsa, support for medical marijuana was higher than 75%, and support for decriminalization was at 67% in Tulsa and at 63% in Oklahoma City.
Even Oklahoma’s notoriously conservative Republicans are ready for change. Support for decriminalization came from 53% of Republicans interviewed, lower than the 60% of Democrats and 65% of independents, but still surprising.
“I do hope that the polling results will help legislators feel more comfortable supporting marijuana reform,” Oklahoma NORML leader Norma Sapp told the Oklahoma Observer. ”I always encourage people to contact the legislators. I think a state wide lobby day will be called when the need comes.”
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Deny Organ Transplants to Marijuana Users?
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
We don't personally think anyone using Cannabis should ever be denied a life saving treatment like an Organ transplant but unfortunately it looks like many others do!
Hi. I'm Art Caplan at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, and I head the Division of Medical Ethics. Should somebody who smokes marijuana be eligible to get an organ transplant? You might think that this is a silly question, but it isn't. In fact, nearly every transplant center in the United States says that if you are abusing a drug -- alcohol, cocaine, or heroin -- you will not be considered for a transplant. For a long time, marijuana has been listed right beside the rest of those drugs as something that is both addictive and criminal to use. Clearly, we have been shifting our policy in the United States, with many states permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Some states allow recreational use without penalty. However, a number of transplant centers around the United States continue to exclude people who have shown 2 positive tests in a row over a period of months for the use of marijuana.
What is the medical reason? It is partly physiological and partly psychological. Marijuana has been shown to damage the liver. It causes problems for people who already have fatty livers. If you need a liver transplant, it may accelerate your need if your liver is already starting to go, and it can damage the new liver. If the livers come from older donors, which they often do, there is some evidence that marijuana use can weaken the ability of the liver to function well. In terms of psychology, there is a fear that if you smoke a lot of marijuana you won't be able to be compliant with the post-transplant regimen. You won't take your drugs properly, you won't be able to follow instructions well, and your memory itself may be impaired. I am not going to say that there is a huge amount of evidence for that particular worry, but it is a worry that transplant teams talk about, that a heavy marijuana user may be someone who isn't likely to be able to comply well post-transplant.
I said that the test for marijuana exclusion for transplant is 2 positive tests in a row over a couple of months. That doesn't mean that you are a heavy user. You might just be a recreational user. And even if you are a heavy user, what if you are using it with approval in a state that allows the use of medical marijuana? Should that exclude you as well?
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