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Should a medical pot user be denied an organ?

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Should a medical pot user be denied an organ if they needed one? This happened to one man in Seattle. He was denied a liver transplant largely because he used marijuana with medical approval to ease the symptons of hepatitis C, and he died. His death came a week after a doctor told him a University of Washington Medical Center committee had again denied him a spot on the liver transplant list. The team had previosly told him it would not consider placing him on the list until he completed a 60-day drug-treatment class.

What's your opinions on this? Should he had been placed on the list to receive the organ since he smoked pot for medical reasons, or no? I'm not sure if he had a lifestyle of smoking pot before he got ill. Thought this issue would be interesting to blog about.

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SxzeNewMe

May 3 @ 9:20PM  
If an alcoholic can get a liver transplant, smoking pot should not be an issue...damn, that shit is unfair!
cutecarrie6969

May 3 @ 9:25PM  
If he did it on a doctor's recommendation, then the medical profession has no right to deny him on those grounds.
kingdongilingus

May 3 @ 9:25PM  
No, because if they get mine, they are fucked. Dysentary is a BITCH when you don't see it coming form that yellow liver you just got.........

Good question, I don't have the suitable answer.

Light up the blunt if you got a bad hand dealt to you in the disease department.
A new organ? I don't see why not, we are not talking Jimmy the Crack Dealer pushing his wares, we are talking Betty Bareback firing up a fatty because the cancer is hurting her badly.

One of those two have a good reason. It would not be Jimmy, people.
rnj1013

May 3 @ 9:31PM  
alcohol is legal and marijuana isn't. Even when used for medicinal purposes, the chances are much greater.that his body would reject a donated organ. So rather than wasting the organ on someone who is using for whatever reasons they will always give it to someone who is not. And anyone who uses marijuana for medicinal reasons has non-narcotic alternatives to consider. So saying I do it cos doctors tell me it's ok is not a valid argument.
Supakid2

May 3 @ 9:35PM  
Marijuana is an herb which most of our medicine originates from in the first place................... If its used for medical purposes to ease pain and suffering.......... Yes, it should be approved.

Were talking about life and death in this case............ and his medical records would indicate that he was smoking it for medical purposes....

I think somebody had their priorities mixed up in this case
Tracker0523

May 3 @ 9:36PM  
i've learned one thing when it comes to the hospitals and medical industry....it's all about the money.....if you got the money or a damn good health insurance plan then you can get whatever you want....if your poor and don't have the money then your fucked....look at people that are on medicaid and people that have health insurance....who gets better treatment? here's a good joke for ya....

A wealthy hospital benefactor was being shown around the hospital. During her tour she passed a room where a male patient was masturbating furiously. "Oh my GOD!" screamed the woman. "That's disgraceful! Why is he doing that?" The doctor who was leading the tour calmly explained, "I'm very sorry that you were exposed to that, but this man has a serious condition where his testicles rapidly fill with semen, and if he doesn't do that at least five times a day, he'll be in extreme pain and his testicles could easily rupture." Oh, well in that case, I guess it's okay," said the woman. As they passed by the very next room, they saw a male patient laying in bed while a nurse performed oral... calmly the doctor said "Same illness, better health plan."
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May 3 @ 9:41PM  
here's a good joke for ya....

A wealthy hospital benefactor was being shown around the hospital. During her tour she passed a room where a male patient was masturbating furiously. "Oh my GOD!" screamed the woman. "That's disgraceful! Why is he doing that?" The doctor who was leading the tour calmly explained, "I'm very sorry that you were exposed to that, but this man has a serious condition where his testicles rapidly fill with semen, and if he doesn't do that at least five times a day, he'll be in extreme pain and his testicles could easily rupture." Oh, well in that case, I guess it's okay," said the woman. As they passed by the very next room, they saw a male patient laying in bed while a nurse performed oral... calmly the doctor said "Same illness, better health plan."

OMG! That was a good one!
jcarolina

May 3 @ 9:55PM  
Although it can be contracted by various means, Hepatitis C is most commonly associated with intravenous drug users.
A good friend of mine is a substance abuse counselor, and she has told me about cases similar to this one.
Apparently, a person with a drug or alcohol problem is considered less worthy of a new organ than one without, the assumption being that the person is negligent concerning his own health and well being, so someone who has a better track record gets pushed ahead.

That's the best I can come up with, since I think everyone should smoke weed.
SxzeNewMe

May 3 @ 10:01PM  
"jcarolina" said:
That's the best I can come up with, since I think everyone should smoke weed.

What?!?
GSpotGina

May 3 @ 10:03PM  
They should have put him on the list while they asked him to detox. I can understand if any chemicals in the body might possibly cause a reaction to other drugs, lowered his chances of survival or heightened any chances of the body rejecting the transplant. He might have died anyway.
purplepassion74

May 4 @ 1:58AM  
Alcoholics are not denied a liver...a drug is a drug is a drug.
oralprincess420

May 5 @ 5:50PM  
Decriminalize and make the world a better place.

My long term guy died of Hep C and was given a pill form of medicinal marijuana (Marinol). Firstly, it didn't get him high, but eased his relief of symptoms.

Since we smoked recreationally, it was GREAT for him because should he need to pee in a cup then he would have a medical reason explaining THC in his system.

Unlike me who pisses stems and seeds.

Peace and Love,
op420
Scottishtease

May 6 @ 7:38AM  

If he did it on a doctor's recommendation, then the medical profession has no right to deny him on those grounds.

That's exactly how I feel, good point carrie. :>)

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Should a medical pot user be denied an organ?