Canadian Doctors don’t want to Prescribe Medical Marijuana and Pharmacists don’t want to Dispense It

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 15th, 2013

Week in Review

Americans love Canada when it comes to health care.  And drugs.  Because in Canada they have single-payer health care.  And medical marijuana.  However, while they do have medical marijuana the drug is still illegal unless you have a medical condition.  And a prescription.  Something simpler said than done (see Need medical marijuana? You’ll have to get it by mail by The Canadian Press posted 6/10/2013 on CBC News).

Pharmacists and physicians alike questioned the lack of research into medical marijuana.

In December, the president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Anna Reid, described the proposed marijuana rules as “akin to asking doctors to write prescriptions while blindfolded.”

She said the government was dumping the responsibility for medical marijuana onto doctors.

“Not only does prescribing drugs that haven’t been clinically tested fly in the face of medical training and ethics, but marijuana’s potential benefits and adverse effects have not been rigorously tested…”

“There is little information available on safety, effectiveness, dosage, drug interactions or long-term health risks,” the association said in its letter to Health Canada.

“Pharmacists, physicians and nurse practitioners need evidence-based information to support safe and effective prescribing and dispensing of (medical marijuana).”

The association said it didn’t know how many pharmacies would be willing to participate a revamped system.

“While the distribution process would be regulated, there remains the concern with pharmacists dispensing a product that does not have adequate safety and effectiveness evidence. In addition, the potential security risks to pharmacies due to robberies would need to be considered.”

Apparently marijuana is not everything some would have you believe it is.  While it takes years of studies and clinical trials to bring a new drug onto the market this hasn’t happened with medical marijuana.  They say it has medicinal benefits but unlike EVERY OTHER DRUG brought to market there are no studies showing this.  Which is why doctors don’t want to write prescriptions for it.  For what will they write?  Smoke two-thirds of a joint twice daily?  Take three bong hits daily?  What will people do with the other third of that joint?  Or with the bong after three hits?  Snuff them out and through away the unused portion?  Yeah, like a pot smoker would do that.

Is it medicine?  Well, if it is it is the first one ever that people really want to take.  And look forward to their medicine time.  Which kind of tells us it’s not medicine.  People want it to get high.  Yes, some may actually ameliorate their medical symptoms by using it but the vast majority of people just want to get high.  Which is why pharmacists don’t want to dispense it.  Because having a large quantity of it in their pharmacies will only attract the criminal element.  Who will want to break in and steal it.  So they can sell it to those who want to get high.

At best it’s like taking a shot of bourbon every night for medicinal purposes.  No doctor will want to prescribe that.  Because there are a whole lot of bad things that can follow by having a drink every night.   Especially if someone is on medication that shouldn’t be mixed with alcohol.  For which there is a lot of medical research available.  And if there was medical research available on medical marijuana it could very well be just as dangerous in the long run.  Even if people only consume it for medicinal purposes.

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