Delaware: Working for Medical Marijuana Legalization


Delaware: Working for Medical Marijuana Legalization

By- Rachel Swick
Source- Cape Gazette

Delaware — Talk show host Montel Williams told Delaware legislators Jan. 25, he uses medical marijuana to ease        his  multiple sclerosis. He urged them to decriminalize its use to alleviate pain.

Senate Bill 17 has already been proposed by Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East to allow medical use of marijuana. For Williams, medical marijuana – smoked or eaten – provides more relief than traditional painkillers, including Vicodin and Percocet.

Williams told members of the General Assembly how important medical marijuana is in helping him cope with the effects of multiple sclerosis, as well as other diseases and cancer.

Scientific research has shown marijuana to be effective, and 15 states and the District of Columbia already have legalized its medical use, Williams said. It is time to follow the latest scientific evidence, the personal experience by patients like me and the compassion I believe most people in Delaware feel for some sick people who could use the relief from pain that marijuana can provide.

Locally, Dr. Gabe Somori of Coastal Pain Care in Lewes said a minority of patients with HIV and some cancers would benefit from the pill form of medical marijuana called marinol.

For some, nausea isn’t controlled by traditional prescriptions or they have no appetite for them the medical marijuana would be appropriate,? said Somori.

Generally the prescription would be provided by a general physician or an oncologist, so we wouldn’t use it much as a pain manager.

Marinol has already been made available to some Delaware patients in certain circumstances, said Somori.

The proposed Senate Bill 17 would do the following:

-Require doctors prove a patient could benefit from medical marijuana

– Require patients or designated caregivers have police verifiable identification cards to access medical marijuana

– Create a database of medical marijuana patients and registered caregivers

– Limit amount allowed to be held by patients to 6 ounces of medical marijuana

– Provide medical marijuana through state-regulated, non-profit distribution centers, which would be required to meet strict security and record-keeping standards.

Also lending support to the bill are Delawareans for Medical Marijuana, led by Don Brill, a cancer survivor.

Brill said a new website with information for patients is available at: http://delawareansformedicalmarijuana.org

Source: Cape Gazette (DE)
Author: Rachel Swick
Published: February 7, 2011
Copyright: 2011 Cape Gazette
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