Go Slow Approach Only Cares About Lawsuits, Not Medicine – patricknightingale.com

Patrick testifying at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Hearing on SB 3, Medical Marijuana, February 25, 2015.

For the Pennsylvania Medical Society to pretend that there are not literally hundreds of peer reviewed clinical studies on the medical efficacy of cannabis for a wide variety of conditions is shameful and disgusting. Their testimony proffered at the hearing last week in Harrisburg just ignored the fact that 23 other states have legalized medicinal cannabis. The PA Medical Society couldn’t even be bothered to check with, for example, the Colorado Medical Society to see what their professional colleagues in a medicinal state had to say. But, Dr. Karen Rizzo I think summed it up perfectly when she told NBC out of Philadelphia that even if it were legal doctors wouldn’t recommend it because of fear of being sued. Surprisingly she didn’t bother to check with malpractice carriers in Colorado or Washington or even bother to see if a physician in a medicinal state had, in fact, ever been accused of professional negligence. Whilst there are people who would jump in to raise cases if this were to occur (here are some medical malpractice attorneys in OKC who would likely be happy to assist, as an example), these people should be researching if these cases actually exist before raising accusations. Their opposition is ignorant and based solely on controlling medical malpractice insurance premiums and not in treating patients with a non-toxic treatment alternative. Their opinion should be disregarded in its entirety.

Here is an article in the Pittsburgh Business Times, regarding the “Go Slow” approach that flies in the face of evidence and reason.

About the author

Patrick K. Nightingale is a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor with deep experience in search and seizure law, DUI law, drug crimes, white collar crimes, and representing violent offenders.

Since 1996, Mr. Nightingale has worked diligently on behalf of his clients to mount passionate, well-planned, and professional criminal defense services.

Mr. Nightingale is also an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

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