1. Currently, South Dakota law prescribes up to a year in jail and up to a $500 fine for possession of an ounce of cannabis. Possession of six live cannabis plants could get a person several years in jail.
Do you think that people who are trying to alleviate their own suffering with cannabis -- and who have no more than six cannabis plants and no more than an ounce of usable cannabis -- should be put in jail?
2. Please tell us what you know about the FDA’s Compassionate Investigational New Drugs Study (CINDS).
Hint: The FDA has been sending rolled cannabis cigarettes to patients for over 20 years.
3. As a pharmacist, you accept written recommendations from doctors allowing patients to purchase many different types of dangerous drugs from you.
Do you accept that some of these same doctors might recommend cannabis, and might be correct in their assumption that cannabis will at least not harm, and might help, these patients? If not, at what point would you stop deferring to their professional knowledge?
4. A Rapid City internal medicine specialist, Dr. Doug Traub, has testified in court -- on behalf of a patient being sentenced for possession of cannabis -- that “smoked cannabis is essential to my patient’s therapy.”
Was Dr. Traub lying, or was he just demonstrating professional incompetence?
•••••5. You dispense many dangerous drugs from your drugstores. So do many other pharmacists. From time to time, some of these drugs get diverted to the illegal market, through no fault of the pharmacist.
Which of the dangerous drugs that you currently dispense would you recommend being prohibited because they might find their way to someone not authorized to use them?
6. (contingency question)
What, exactly, are the dangerous effects of cannabis on people? How many people have died from cannabis ingestion, either smoked or eaten?