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Dec 07

Transplant Denied: How Medical Marijuana Policy Kills Patients

Norman Smith appeared to be producing progress in his liver most cancers recovery at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. He had some of the very best medical professionals in the globe, he was on a transplant record and he experienced accomplished a successful medical trial that experienced his doctors dubbing him a “miracle male.” Then, his cancer returned and two months prior to he was would have received a transplant, he was de-listed for smoking marijuana prescribed by his oncologist at Cedars-Sinai. Now, if he does not get a transplant, he will die. “It really is only my existence that I’m fighting for,” claims Smith. “What do I have to conceal? I have nothing to hide.” Smith’s scenario represents a single of the initial battles being fought above the area of medical marijuana in drugs and it has left him in limbo. Cedars-Sinai declined job interview requests but referred Explanation Tv set to Peggy Stewart, a clinical cultural worker with UCLA’s transplant program, which retains a equivalent placement to Cedars-Sinai on health care marijuana. “Cannabis is regarded compound abuse,” claims Stewart. “The legality of it is genuinely not an situation.” Stewart and Cedars-Sinai did say that transplant patients who consume cannabis place themselves at likely risk of infection from a mould identified in cannabis known as aspergillus. But not everyone sees the mildew as a prospective threat. “The fact is that Norman lives in Los Angeles and there are laboratories that he can just take his drugs to and make confident that it isn’t going to have contaminants,” states Stephanie Sherer of
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  1. fiscer247

    They also want to take away medical marijuana users gun rights. Fact is smoking marijuana is a personal decision and you don’t have to tell your doctor even if they ask. Just keep your mouth shut and your transplant won’t get denied. I was smoking again the day I got out of the hospital and my lab-test have been terrific ever since. FYI doctors CANNOT test you for Cannabis without permission or a court-order.

    Kidney Transplant
    UCLA
    05-08-2008

  2. shaunlux

    i guess that dumb bitch missed this in med school ..that fungus is in the fucking air we breath everyday !! should the guy be on a respirator all day everyday till the transplant ?? What is aspergillus?
    Aspergillus is a fungus whose spores are present in the air we breathe, but does not normally cause illness. However an individual with a weakened immune status may be susceptible to aspergillus infection.

  3. greenprint666

    .”people who don’t follow the rules are playing Russain roulette with their lives”… what a world

  4. iliketripping13

    no one should believe that marijuana isnt a medicine

  5. historydude2012

    This guy is now dead, and had this stupid policy not been in place he could very well still be alive. That just grinds my gears.

  6. MegaTennisMania

    This is ridiculous, this is one of the many reasons why marijuana prohibition needs to end. We will see what happens in the ASA verses DEA on October 16th as well as both the three recreational marijuana measures in November and the two medical marijuana measures in November. Industrialized hemp is another crop that farmers could grow here to produce many different products. The list goes on and on. Obama is such a hypocrite.

  7. blingmow101

    Fukin cunt

  8. JoeyRec

    I have been smoking marijuana in moderation since I was 13 years old.. I am very successful and have had no problems with it whatsoever.. as a matter of fact it has helped me in many ways.  It is no more addictive than drinking tea is.
    It is scientifically proven to not be physically addictive whatsoever. ANYTHING can be mentally addictive, eating food, exercise.. or self pity!
    You are uneducated and inexperienced with the plant and speak the words of others that wish to control your body.

  9. victormania2008

    but it is very addictive unfortunately. yes god created for good but some people use it in a bad way. this is why marijiuana can not be easily sell out there.

  10. bafw26

    The American populace is a huge part of the problem. By huge, I mean really huge! Have you seen how fat people are these days? Most of them couldn’t fight their way out of a McDonalds bag! Most are too busy watching reality TV or just caught up in day to day issues to see the larger picture and the reality of their impending enslavement. More people have to wake up and start giving a shit. I agree with you about pot. Almost 4:20 here!

  11. shaunlux

    I live in the USA .. And This is not who we are !! there have been a to many years of Liars and piece of crap sadistic, war profiteering people in our government … Our government lies to us ! WE the people of the USA dont feel the same way as our government !! our government lies to us to get voted in to office ad then you see how they lied to us !! !They rule by fear !! dont be fooled .. Marijuana can heal the WORLD tell everyone !!!

  12. tpotpo9

    I bet if he was smoking mold infested tobacco they would not say shit

  13. larson3222

    You don’t fuckin take god in your own hands. That’s not right to tell some one sorry but we have to let you die.

  14. Alorianadrei

    is not the medical marijuana plicy that kills you., is the fucking law….a human killed him beacuse he thinks that poor man us drug addict.

    sorry for my bad english

  15. Kirk Daillest

    ur gunna let someone die for helping there self .fuck u guys all of u who think marijuana is bad and no good. i smoke that shit all day every day sence 6th grade and never once had a health problem and im going to stay smokein til i die.a 6yr old kid went thro hemp treatment to help care his brain cancer but i guss its bad.open your eyes and stop lying to your selves and others! fuckin idiots..

  16. thejustineaster

    ‘well you have a small chance of having problems with your transplant, so we’re more comfortable with you just dying instead.’

    “we just care about our patients.”

    well, fuck you and fuck prohibition.

  17. ike3pit100

    the end was sad as hell

  18. streetfightspdx

    -ALL THE WEED IS TESTED FOR ASPERGILLUS & OTHER CONTAMINANTS BEFORE IT EVER TOUCHES HIS LUNGS

    -HE CAN EAT WEED & CAN INGEST MARIJUANA SAFELY WITH NO RISK OF DYING FROM ASPERGILLUS

    -IT’S A NEW WORLD ORDER EUGENICS DEATH PANEL

    -CEDARS-SANAI & UCLA ARE PLAYING GOD

    -THEY ARE TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE TO WEED SMOKERS & THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMMUNITY THAT THEY ARE UNWORTHY OF LIFE

    -THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE IN CONTROL & CAN PICK & CHOOSE WHO LIVES OR DIES IN THIS WORLD!

  19. streetfightspdx

    -ASPERGILLUS MOLD ARE COMMON CONTAMINANTS OF STARCHY FOODS [SUCH AS POTATOES & BREAD] & GROW IN OR ON MANY PLANTS & TREES..SO MAYBE THEY SHOULD TEST HIM FOR USING POTATOES & SEE IF HE HAS EATEN ANY BREAD BEFORE THEY GIVE HIM THE TRANSPLANT.

    -PEGGY STEWART NEEDS TO BE FIRED!

    -CALL UCLA & DEMAND THEY FIRE HER!

    -THIS IS TOTAL BULL$HIT BASED ON PROFIT$!

    -THE UCLA/CEDARS-SINAI EUGENICS DEATH-PANEL RULED HIM UNWORTHY OF LIFE BECAUSE HE SMOKES WEED!

    -DEMAND THAT THEY GIVE NORMAN HIS TRANSPLANT!!!

  20. tilt909sb

    Whats funny is theres a cure for cancer. Yhe imformation on it is 2 years old.

  21. redriderforlife

    Very simple, follow the rules and there wont be a problem

  22. ipinky100

    Making the mighty herb illegal is like saying God was wrong – Bill Hicks

  23. matt garcia

    its all about money, the minute you start growing your own, no matter for fuel, paper clothing, you are considered a terrorist. why? its better than fossil fuel by far. please stick to hemp

  24. lbcfosho562

    same here 11bravo then 18xray sf.i smoke purple kush and that helps me not kill people and cause a state of emergency lol.LEGALIZE IT.PROP215 CALI YAY YAY

  25. phsyk210

    Imma vet served in our nations army n I say legalize this shit

  26. sunione1

    Power to everyone involved in the struggle to free the weed!  Legalize!!!!

  27. steveis17

    legalize!!!!!!

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