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Letter: Legislator misinformed on medical marijuana

In Crystal Dey’s article “Persell supports medical marijuana” published in the Pioneer on March 19, it is stated that Sen. Persell added “the main concern is how to formulate the drug into pill form to help with medicinal needs.”

The active ingredient in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabnol). THC is, and has been, available in pill form since at least 1977. The pill is marketed under the trade name Marinol and can be legally prescribed by any licensed physician in Minnesota who holds a Drug Enforcement Registration Number (which almost all physicians do).

I find it troubling that a lawmaker is so uninformed on a controversial subject that he is actually unaware of the already existing availability of THC in pill form.

Rudd B. Thabes

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine