VOLUME 8, ISSUE 2 - Summer 2014
The Global Climate of Drug Abuse
There are more than 20 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana under the guise of medicine. Additional states are also considering similar action, either through legislation or ballot initiatives. In this edition of the Journal, a publication entitled, Why Do People Use Medical Marijuana? The Medical Conditions of Users in Seven U.S. States, by Dr. Kevin Sabet and Elyse Grossman explores and quantifies the medical disorders for which people are using marijuana. The paper outlines in detail what states are currently experiencing regarding medical marijuana, along with solutions that can be implemented to curb widespread abuse and diversion of the drug.
Domestic animal poisonings from accidental marijuana ingestion have increased in many states that have legalized marijuana for any purpose. In a reprinted paper entitled, Marijuana Poisoning, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a Colorado Veterinarian, discusses the effects of marijuana toxicosis in dogs along with the treatment, recovery and prognosis of the poisoning.
Our commentary contribution is from the esteemed Harvard Professor of Psychobiology, Dr. Bertha Madras. In her piece, The Medical Marijuana Movement Reflects an Indifference to Public Health, she provides an overview on concerns surrounding the medical efficacy of marijuana