SUNDAY TALK: Gassman Responds to the Medical Cannabis Issue

The Compassionate Access Research Expansion and Respect States Act or CARERS Act is a piece of legislation that would allow for the growing and production of cannabis oil which is used in some medical treatments. Currently the Comprehensive Medical Cannabis bill is before the legislature and is being received with mixed emotions in both the Iowa Senate and House. Various stances have been taken on the measure and some point to research that emphasizes positive and / or negative effects. Many of the stances don’t necessarily reflect a medical position

Representative Ted Gassman wants the public to know his thoughts on the legislation and feels that there are benefits to cannabis oil, but that the growing of marijuana inside the state is not a wise idea.

Cannabis oil is medically used to reduce vomiting or nausea will undergoing chemotherapy. It has also been shown to treat such things as chronic pain or improve the appetite of those with HIV or AIDS.

While there are benefits, there are also known minor adverse effects in the short term which studies have concluded do not become major. However, in the long term, there are concerns of the risk of schizophrenia in young people, cognitive issues, and memory lapses or problems.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration wants to see more control of the growing, manufacturing, and distribution of the oil for health and safety reasons. The American Society of Addiction Medicine says that because of the adverse health effects and the possibility of dependence, the idea of it used as a medical drug should be dismissed out of hand.

Proponents of the oil say that the FDA has already authorized the use of other drugs which can and do form dependency and addiction issues in some patients. They feel that the oil has benefits and is not any different in the certification process to those of other potentially addictive medications.

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