Radio talkshow host, Pat Campbell, has devoted extensive time & energy toward better understanding of what problems & promises lie in Oklahoma's future regarding healthcare options involving parts of the marijuana plant.
Maybe the biggest political story of 2018; the medical marijuana policy reversal; will move toward a more informed understanding as a result of a radio debate held today.
At 7am, Tuesday; Dr. Jim Meehan(MD), and Cannabis researcher Chip Paul devoted an hour to assisting KFAQ1170's efforts to dispel the myths. Jim Meehan is known to many for his opposition to Dr. Ervin Yen and a few resulting confrontations at the state capitol. Meehan is an advocate for informed consent healthcare options, rather than state mandates. Chip Paul is the principal author of SQ788 and the founder of GNUPharma, in Owasso, OK.
Pat Campbell has hosted the KFAQ morning show for about a decade and provides a podcast library of his radio events. Listen to KFAQ live at https://www.1170kfaq.com/listen-live
In an issue propelled by more fear and myth than facts and statistics, Campbell has assembled two credible and trusted sources for this radio event.
Many points in the medical debate were concurred on both sides of this one-hour conversation. Especially in the first half of the hour. But when the topic turned to addiction, Dr. Meehan and Mr Paul held different views. Some of this comes from having different conversational definitions of what is an addiction.
Meehan also points out the harms done to the respiratory system from smoking cannabis products. Paul responded with issues of potential harm from ingesting cannabis and the liver's role in converting THC to an acid which impacts the brain more profoundly. Moderator, Pat Campbell, also points out that regular smoking cannabis products involves a mere fraction of the smoke that regular tobacco products lead to the inhalation of.
The men also debated the age-related dangers and the fact that many statistical researches only point out associations of usage and do not establish a causal effect of cannabis usage for other behaviors and health conditions. Chip Paul said that by this kind of standard one could point to breastfeeding and suggest it causes all the detrimental problems in life that come afterward.
All in all, the two men demonstrated exceptional intellectual integrity throughout the discussion. We can only hope that this sets a benchmark for discussions to come; especially when the Oklahoma legislature conducts interim hearings, beginning on Wednesday, July 25th.