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Headline: April 27.2008Patients Using Medical Marijuana Can Be Denied Transplants – A legal medical marijuana patient in Seattle, Washington has been denied a liver transplant, due to understandably stringent standards that individual hospitals use to allocate organs available for transplant.  Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug users are considered likely to continue abusing drugs after transplant – thus, unworthy of such a precious gift. However, the inclusion of Cannabis in this roster raises some pertinent questions.

Here is a TV broadcast on this story:Medical Marijuana Patient Dying After Dr’s Denied Transplant

“Marijuana, unlike alcohol, has no direct effect on the liver.  It is however a concern …  in that it’s a potential indicator of an addictive personality.”, said Dr.  Robert Sade, director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care.  This position results from marijuana’s status as an illegal drug, as science does not classify Cannabis as a physically addictive.  Even if Cannabis were considered therapeutic after transplant, vaporized Cannabis does not carry risk of mold ingestion that can cause a reaction to the anti-rejection drugs after transplant.

“I’m not angry, I’m not mad, I’m just confused,” said Timothy Garon, surprised that his legal prescription for Cannabis had prevented him from receiving a liver to replace his own – ravaged by Hepatitus C, which he likely contracted as a teenager.  Although edible Cannabis compounds are not recommended for a compromised liver, smoked marijuana is not metabolized by the liver and can actually improve its’ function.

In this video of a patient with an inherited liver condition that mimics Hepatitus C, her doctor theorizes how Cannabis helps her liver to function normally – “By calming vascular (blood vessel) spasms, vascular dilation and “micro-capillary circulation” stimulation, Cannabis helps oxygen-rich blood to flow better through the liver and its’ processes.”Medical Marijuana in NC – Jean Marlowe Story, Part 1

This February, the American College of Physicians put out a position paper calling for the federal government to reschedule Cannabis to allow for medical use; to allow research with medical grade Cannabis in the U.S. and to allow the state’s to implement medical marijuana programs without interference from the federal government. This would go a long way towards diffusing situations like Tim Garon’s exclusion from life-saving treatment. In the meantime, doctors will have to grapple with the ethics so crucial to their profession.

In the following video, Professor Richard Bonnie, of the University of Virginia Law School and co-author of “The Marijuana Conviction“, addresses  Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, hosted by Patients Out of Time, on the concept of medical necessity and questions faced by doctors when a medicine is prohibited.Medical Ethics and Cannabis Prohibition, by Richard Bonnie, JD

April 30, 2008 – Editorial: Pot Costs Man Shot at a Liver

May 1, 2008Timothy Garon died last night. May he rest in peace and may his family and loved ones be strong in his memory.

Here is a video of Tim’s music, posted by his friends: Goodbye Baby

 

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5 Comments

  1. What depth of cruelty is our government capable of performing? How cruel and heartless can anyone be to deny a life-giving transplant to someone because of an herb?? The day will come when God’s children are free to use his herbs as they see fit. Will it be in America, the land of the free?

    • WVCannabis
    • Posted May 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm
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    If this is the way it’s going to be for the patients, than I think all the doctors, nurses, techs, Robert Sade, director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care, and all that are involved in this type of decision should be tested every 2 weeks for anything remotly addictive, that would include alcohol, tobacco, cafiene, sugar, porn and even medical marijuana (that isn’t addictive), as well as any prescription drugs, I’m to the point that the next time a doctor, nurse or anyone asks to test me, (I am tested reg. due to pain management contract) than I will insist that they be tested too, I don’t want anyone treating me that doesn’t have an impecable history and just as clean or cleaner than I am.

    • ray pague
    • Posted May 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm
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    Thank you for this site…..when I saw the Tim Garin video I wept…..God bless you….we will overcome…rp

    • j davis
    • Posted May 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm
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    Typical American hypocrisy at its finest!

    • WtF
    • Posted March 30, 2009 at 10:42 pm
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    Kinda fucking bullshit is this so if im a donor and a car flattens my ass and my organs are good still for someone else to use they will surly use them,but not if there on weed,eh,guess my organs are shit then cause i smoke weed to bad there going to waste,huh,fucking morons..


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