SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Almost 250 Illinois doctors publicly back medical marijuana

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013

* From a press release…

At a news conference Tuesday, April 16, a group of doctors will announce the support of nearly 250 Illinois physicians for allowing patients with serious illnesses to obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Specifically, the physicians have signed on to the following statement:

    “Licensed medical practitioners should not be punished for recommending the medical use of marijuana to seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be subject to criminal sanctions for using marijuana if their medical professionals have told them that such use is likely to be beneficial.”

The Illinois House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on House Bill 1, which would make Illinois the 19th state to allow patients with certain conditions, such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians. It would also establish a network of state-regulated cultivation centers and dispensaries to provide marijuana to qualified patients.

“It should be up to physicians, not police and prosecutors, to decide whether medical marijuana is the right treatment for their patients,” said Dan Riffle, Deputy Director of Government Affairs with the Marijuana Policy Project. “Those who benefit from medical marijuana should be able to obtain it legally and safely. Our laws should promote the doctor-patient relationship, not the dealer-patient relationship.”

You can read the entire list of doctors by clicking here.

See anybody you know?

* Roundup of positive newspaper editorials from yesterday and today…

* Tribune: Medical pot for Illinois patients

* Rockford Register Star: Time to say yes to medical marijuana in Illinois

* Dispatch-Argus: Medical marijuana; why yes?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


23 Comments
  1. - Mike M - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 9:31 am:

    How many doctors are there in Illinois?

    i.e. is this like 95% of them, or like .00002% of them?


  2. - Highland, Il - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 9:31 am:

    My eye doctor is on the list….

    He’s in a rock band, just saying….


  3. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 9:33 am:

    Mike, these are just the doctors who are willing to publicly support med-mar. As always with stuff like this, there are likely many, many more.


  4. - Colossus - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 9:42 am:

    Top of my head, I know 4 more who are supportive in Springfield alone. They might even retroactively put their names on.


  5. - Amalia - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 9:46 am:

    don’t recognize any names, but what a great list of docs from the burbs! and not just Evanston and Oak Park, the usual progressive hubs. good lobbying tool.


  6. - James Hammans - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 10:04 am:

    Glad to see physicians supporting this. There’s a preponderance of evidence for cannabis’ medical efficacy. It also has an amazing safety profile compared to other classes of drugs such as opiates and benzodiazepines. Cannabis tinctures were a staple of American medicine up until the 1930’s when prohibition began. It’s about time we made good use of this drug.


  7. - downstate commissioner - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 10:23 am:

    My personal physician is on the list!! Will call him with an attaboy…


  8. - MrJM - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 10:28 am:

    I’m not surprised that my doc isn’t on the list as his practice is in a very conservative community. Nevertheless, just one week ago, he told me that he not only favors the decriminalization (and heavy taxation) of marijuana but that he thinks that the medicalization of some harder drugs — prescriptions (and treatment) for heroin or cocaine addiction — is the only way out of our current Civil War on Drugs.

    Not only was it nice to find out that my doctor agrees with me, it was nice to know that my doctor’s mind isn’t bound by anti-scientific prejudices and habits.

    When he retires, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leap to the forefront of this issue (if it hasn’t already passed him by).

    – MrJM


  9. - Question - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 10:34 am:

    When and where will this press conference take place?


  10. - Bluefish - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 11:28 am:

    My urologist is on the list (but I don’t have any ailments he could prescribe med-mar for).


  11. - reformer - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 11:35 am:

    Downstate Dems except Naomi and Dem targets will mostly vote No. There aren’t more than a handful of Republicans — the self-proclaimed champions of freedom — who will support the Lang bill. Why is it that conservatives are always in favor of the previous generation’s reforms, but opposed to contemporary reform?


  12. - Biz Guy - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 11:39 am:

    None of my doctors are on here. We should send the list to our doctors and invite them. One doctor I know supports it, and publicly. I wonder what the outreach process was.


  13. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    @Mike - there were 35,643 primary care and specialist physicians in Illinois in 2012.

    That means this letter represents less than 1% of them.

    Possibly even fewer, depending on what other doctors may be on the letter, such as eye doctors (opthamologists), etc. in which case the number represented would be even smaller.

    Not sure if any of them are big “names” in the field, either.


  14. - Mike M - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 12:16 pm:

    Formerly Known As…

    Thanks! I couldn’t tell if this was something major or just a blip.

    I’m neutral on the topic and am trying to learn more.

    Thanks!


  15. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 12:36 pm:

    Mike M - Any time!

    You can actually find the link here: http://www.statehealthfacts.org/profileind.jsp?cat=8&sub=100&rgn=15

    Kaiser Family Foundation is a very reputable source for such data and statistics.


  16. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 1:55 pm:

    Dr Chapman of Normal is a psychiatrist. I thought he retired but I see he is still practicing. He must be about 80.


  17. - Freeze up - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 2:00 pm:

    The only doc on the list in my area has an office on So. High Street in Port Byron. You can’t make this stuff up.


  18. - chefjeff - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 3:28 pm:

    None from Champaign - Urbana? Didn’t they send the petition here?


  19. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 3:46 pm:

    Hip hip hooray! This well-publicized, open, public show of support–backing by Physicians numbering nearly 250-strong–is indeed a powerful display and sends a message at such a key time, maybe a day before the big Vote, so that it simply CANnot be ignored by the Legislature, and hopefully will inspire some of the fence-sitters to jump off now into the “YES” Camp!

    Those patient Illinoisans suffering daily from Cancer, MS, HIV and other painful ailments–and their loved ones–can only hope and pray now, but at least with a brighter ray of hope with this major Announcement, that common sense in alleviating others’ unneeded suffering will finally prevail on this issue in the place we’re proud to say was home to perhaps the greatest (and certainly one of the most compassionate) Americans of all time, Abraham Lincoln–dear ol’ Illinois…!


  20. - Plutocrat03 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 4:49 pm:

    Wow 250 of over 40,000, now that’s a real stateement of support.


  21. - Captain Illini - Tuesday, Apr 16, 13 @ 10:06 pm:

    The afflictions listed in the law are stringent, thus if regulated, should deter those looking to jump the clipboard. Geez, I know if I had any of those conditions, I’d want somebody to say a prayer and roll a fat one.


  22. - Adam Smith - Wednesday, Apr 17, 13 @ 8:28 am:

    To the people saying 250 doctors isn’t very many, how many doctors have publicly announced their opposition to the bill?


  23. - askingqestions - Wednesday, Apr 17, 13 @ 10:31 am:

    I am lucky enough to have had several conversations concerning medical marijuana with my pain management doctor. At first he didnt want to here about it, I enlightened him to several key issues concerning MMJ, as with any good doctor he started doing his own research, and now he is very well informed concerning the issue. He now is publicly supporting the isssue, and yes he is on the list of informed medical providers…


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Today's number: $1.68 million
* Question of the day
* Rasmussen: Quinn up by 2
* Stop the partisanship on both sides, please
* Quotables
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Durbin vs. Oberweis react
* More new TV ads
* Get ready for "Bloodtober"
* DCCC defies DC expectations, runs ad attacking Davis
* Today's assignment
* Rate Quinn's new ad: "Washington"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: Crosstabs and TV ads
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Hearthstone game gets an unofficial Android port
        * DIY Gorilla Glass protection becomes affordable with dbrand glass
        * Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a ‘larger than life’ smartphone
        * Doublie Spices Up Your Selifes With Homemade Stickers And Celebrities
        * Microsoft introduces Windows 10, for phone, tablet, and desktop use
        * OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its close-up as Apple releases GM candidate
        * Apple Watch leans on the iPhone for app management and heavy lifting

        * Hackers admit stealing data worth millions from Army, Microsoft, more
        * How to Effectively Work for a Manager You Never See
        * Gigaom Research webinar: Benefits of real-time pervasive network intelligence for today’s cloudy network infrastructure
        * Pug Dog Mask Features Next-Gen Mouth-Moving Mask Technology – Seriously
        * Incredibly Fast Laser Could Speed Up Your Internet
        * Deadspin How A War Over Tackle Football Consumed America's Most Elite Prep School | io9 10 Geeky Deb
        * Top Tech Investors Skewer Startup Culture—For a Good Cause

        * Anderson, Edwards prospects to watch in AFL
        * Manager notes: How Robin Ventura and Chris Sale get along
        * Voting underway to decide Hank Aaron Awards
        * Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future
        * Improved White Sox take important step in 2014
        * September call-ups report card: position players
        * Ushering in the world after Paul Konerko


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois has 1,431 townships. It's time to get .....
        * Windy City BBQ Classic Grows In Size For Year T.....
        * Students call for civility at College of DuPage.....
        * Illinois planes to be sold in online auction..
        * Jeb Bush talks education for Arkansas GOP hopeful..
        * Local political leaders sense anger preceeding .....
        * Panel plans to resume anti-violence program probe..


        * Fire recovery beginning in downtown Rock Island
        * Chicago man charged with double homicide
        * Illinois measure would give victims more rights
        * Panel plans to resume anti-violence program probe
        * Chicago court hears arguments Holocaust case
        * Quinn touts first year of Affordable Care Act
        * USDA: Illinois corn harvest continues lagging
        * Judge to give verdict Oct. 8 in Joliet murder case
        * FBI: Chicago man threatened beheadings at SIU
        * President Obama headed home to Chicago this week

        * Lawmaker panel plans to resume anti-violence program investigation
        * Quinn touts first year of Affordable Care Act
        * State-owned airplanes to be sold in online auction
        * GOP opposition to school funding bill irks Manar
        * Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns
        * Election 2014: Simon, Topinka spar over transparency, ethics in comptroller’s race
        * Statehouse Insider: There are a lot of campaign ads, in case you haven’t noticed
        * Quinn, Rauner address Illinois millennials
        * Burris an issue in Chicago trial
        * State schools seek carbon monoxide detectors

        * De Blasio signs order raising NYC living wage to $13.13
        * Pat Tillman's widow launches a 'Stitch Fix' for kids out of Chicago
        * Pat Tillman's widow launches a Trunk Club for kids out of Chicago
        * Lawsuit alleges sperm bank got order wrong
        * Look for news today on drug firm payments to doctors


        * Vigil held for Skokie teens; two Niles North seniors shot, one killed
        * The thug life runs deep
        * Chicago shutdown will cost airlines ‘hundreds of millions’: analyst
        * Man accused in FAA fire made 'tragic mistake,' lawyer says
        * Shake-up at Robert R. McCormick Foundation
        * Church hosts woman fighting deportation
        * Hackers might have Jewel-Osco customers credit card data — again
        * Prosecution rests in Joliet double murder trial
        * Top cab official arrested in vehicle title laundering case
        * Uber forges ahead with 420-job expansion contingent on veto


        * Obama expected to bypass Chicago airports and fly into Gary
        * Quinn embraces Obamacare ahead of president's fundraising visit
        * Man guilty of stealing cash from Naperville adoption agency
        * Relatives of Joliet double murder victims confident in state's case
        * Man accused in killing of girlfriend, daughter sobs in court as injuries detailed
        * High School student missing from South Side
        * Facebook posting offers new details on suspect in fire at FAA radar center
        * Blue Line service returning to normal after construction debris slows traffic
        * Haunted house includes John Wayne Gacy room
        * Shoppers seek $100K from Victoria's Secret over shoplifting accusation


        * Chicago Mayor: Lower Penalties For Drugs
        * Can Politics And Prison Reform Mix?
        * Nursing Program Comes To UIS
        * IDOT Layoffs Halted, But Quinn Wants To Proceed
        * Quinn, Rauner Share Hazy Stance On Decriminalizing Pot
        * Decatur Forum Focuses On Compassion
        * Listen to State Week - September 26, 2014
        * Mike Lawrence: The Compelling Challenge Of Rehabbing Illinois
        * Pensions: Vexing Illinois Politicians Since 1917
        * Mary Todd Lincoln And Spiritualism


        * Panel plans to resume anti-violence program probe
        * Lawmaker panel plans to resume anti-violence program investigation
        * Quinn touts first year of Affordable Care Act
        * State-owned airplanes to be sold in online auction
        * Our Opinion: Job creation is a health priority in Sangamon County
        * GOP opposition to school funding bill irks Manar
        * Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns
        * David McSweeney: Pension cost shift would lead to higher taxes
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner campaign uses Michigan firm for calls
        * Election 2014: Simon, Topinka spar over transparency, ethics in comptroller’s race


        * Cellphones sought to assist domestic violence victims
        * Keeping justice close is goal of new East St. Louis area prosecutor
        * Clinton principal placed on administrative leave
        * Fort de Chartres to host World War II event
        * Hong Kong leader refuses to meet with protesters
        * Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray
        * Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
        * Updated: Shots fired at Kentucky school, 1 student hurt
        * Dick's Sporting Goods to join SouthPark
        * Dick's Sporting Goods to join SouthPark Mall


        * Veterans flu clinics:
        * Dance show in Mundelein:
        * Tri-City police reports
        * Antioch town-hall meeting:
        * O'Hare, Midway airports nearing normal capacity

        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Statement on...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Statement in...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Statement on...

        * NFIB Backs Oberweis in US Senate Race...
        * NFIB Backs Oberweis in US Senate Race...
        * Stupid Stuff on Steroids...
        * Stupid Stuff on Steroids...
        * Stupid Stuff on Steroids...

        * U.S. talk of thawing relations with Iran h......
        * Air travel delays continue in wake of Chic......
        * FAA Calls for 30-Day Review of Security Pr......

        * Massacre at Centralia
        * South Siders Question TIF Use In Chicago's 21st Ward
        * “I made a mistake.”
        * Rauner Gives $1.5 Million To His Campaign
        * Divvy Bike Sharing Program Will Expand To Evanston, Oak Park
        * Nuns On The Bus Rally With Quinn To Promote Voter Participation
        * Quinn at Nuns on The Run Rally with Nun and Fight for 15 member
        * Gov Quinn on Nuns On The Run Rally
        * Hinsdale issues scab call in preparation for teacher strike.
        * Hispanics' Approval of Obama Down Since '12


        * Quinn must take lame duck tax vote off the table
        * Governor Quinn Announces Successful First Year of Affordable Care Act Enrollment - More than 685,000 People Now Have Access to Quality Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
        * Rauner hits Quinn on tax hike timing
        * Taxpayer Red Alert: Quinn Doubles Down on Lame Duck Tax Hike
        * Fact Check: Pat Quinn’s Most Desperate False Attack Yet




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller