Two Changes to the Core Question



 

I. On October 3, 2006, we removed the word "now" from our site's core question:

  • To:
  • "Should marijuana be a medical option?"
  • From:
  • "Should marijuana be a medical option now?"

    Reasons For Change:

    When this website was first created, the word "now" seemed important to bring an immediacy to the issue. In retrospect the word "now" seems superfluous since the debate is current and ongoing, and the "now" seems implied. We will continue to focus our efforts on the pros and cons of marijuana as a medical option.

    Previous Responses:

    Those who responded as "pro" to "now" marijuana will be considered as also "pro" to the revised core question.

    All those who responded "con" to "now" marijuana will be revised if it is determined that their position would change with the removal of the word "now."


    II. On November 4, 2003, we removed the word "smoked" from our site's core question:

  • To:
  • "Should marijuana be a medical option now?"
  • From:
  • "Should smoked marijuana be a medical option now?"

    Reasons For Change:

    When this medical marijuana site was launched in April 2001, few people were promoting delivery methods of marijuana for medical purposes other than by smoking. Since that time, some patients and doctors began examining ways to utilize marijuana's purported beneficial effects without the known harmful side-effects of smoking. While none of these alternative delivery methods are new in an historical sense, they are nonetheless new to many individuals investigating medical marijuana today.

    Many of these alternative delivery methods use the marijuana plant material (and leaves) in solid forms, while some of these methods convert the plant material to liquid, oil-based, or other forms.

    We believe that removing the word "smoked" from our core question permits this site to better explore the benefits and risks of medical marijuana in all delivery methods, including smoking, such as teas, brownies, tinctures, oils, resin and vaporization, among others, as well as negating the bias that many in health care have against smoking anything.

    Previous Responses:

    Those who responded as "pro" to "smoked" marijuana will be considered as also "pro" to the revised core question, as the new question is broader and includes the smoked method.

    All those who responded "con" to "smoked" marijuana will be asked the new question, we anticipate, by December 31, 2003. Until they are asked the new question, they will remain listed as "con" to "smoked" marijuana, and their bios and our site will reflect that distinction.