Marijuana spray is OK, says incoming CDC chief

By chillinwill · May 29, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Outgoing City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden answered a burning question on Wednesday, coming out in favor of developing a synthetic marijuana spray to be used for medicinal purposes.

    Frieden, who is leaving early next month to become President Obama's chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he favored developing a spray form of Marinol, a manmade form of cannabis that is a legal medicinal alternative for marijuana.

    Marinol is prescribed for treating vomiting in chemotherapy patients and other uses. It provides relief, not a high. But it comes only in pill form in the U.S., although a spray form has been developed in Canada.

    The marijuana question cropped up during the last of many City Council budget hearings Frieden has had to endure in his seven years as the city's health chief.

    It was mischievously posed by City Councilman Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn).

    "I do think there's actually a right answer here, um, or at least one right answer," Frieden said as he began to diplomatically lay out his case.

    He noted that smoked marijuana is faster acting than the pill form of Marinol.

    BY Frank Lombardi
    May 28, 2009
    NY Daily News

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  1. Scrubbs
    Of course it OK, it is made by a pharmaceutical company. Wink wink nudge nudge
  2. drizzt495
    While I know you are posting that ironically, SWIM's doctors took to every ditch method to prescribe Marinol rather than sign off a recommendation for medical marijuana. Apparently clinical research groups associated with SWIM's doctors receive kickbacks for every prescription as a sort of incentive for prescribing the drug and not adding people to the registry.
  3. chibi curmudgeon
    Um, if SWIY has any proof of this, he/she should report this doctor to the state board, because that's totally illegal and unethical.
  4. pride345
    It's funny how greedy scum tell us cannabis has no medicinal properties, at all.
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