"Other opiods are more important"
WHO: Nagesh Simha, Medical Director, Karunashraya, Bengaluru
WHAT: On July 30, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi suggested legalising marijuana, a psychoactive drug, in India for medical purposes on the lines of the practice adopted by countries like the US to curb drug abuse
WHY: "Medical marijuana" is useful in specific situations in palliative care. These include nausea and vomiting in certain end-of-life situations. It is especially used in certain cases of HIV-AIDS. Medical marijuana is legal in some western nations and some states of the United States of America. But as far as India is concerned, if it is palliative care that we are after, then marijuana should not be such a priority. Because its range of use is very limited. According to the rules of natural justice, it is incumbent on us to rather make opioids like morphine more available and accessible since that is useful to more patients. Use of medical marijuana will take a very long time to get regularised in India."