5/8/2014, Indiana goes too far — backward — in medical marijuana debate

http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/news/davich/27261748-452/jerry-davich-indiana-goes-too-far-backward-in-medical-marijuana-debate.html#.VJEnvCvF_bY

Last month, Brown was asked to take a costly drug-screen blood test and also to sign a “controlled substance treatment agreement,” with her physician, Dr. David Miller, a pain management specialist. The five-page agreement cites a lengthy list of criteria, including this statement that Brown was asked to agree to: “I will not use illegal/street drugs (including marijuana).”

She refused to sign the agreement, though she took the drug screen, knowing full well that marijuana would be detected in her system. Her doctor knew full well too, she said.

“I told him that I smoke marijuana,” she said flatly.

Her test showed signs of pot, which raised red flags for the doctor’s office. “I was told that my drug treatment medication would no longer be issued or it would be reduced to maintenance level so I could avoid withdrawal symptoms,” she said…

I also contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which reminded me of its class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year against the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. The suit challenges the constitutionality of a new rule requiring some pain patients to submit to mandatory drug testing.

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