CHICAGO (AP) – Narcotics should be used more I often in easing unbearable pain in cancer patients, says an article in the latest issue of the American Medical Journal. “Most patients can be made relatively pain-free provided their pain is managed with patience in an individualized fashion,” I says the article. written by a team of doctors from Duke University Medical Centre and the Durham. N.C., Veterans Administration Medical Centre. The article adds that because there is little literature on the subject, “physicians often approach (pain in cancer patients) in a dogmatic fashion that serves the best interests of neither the patient nor the physician.”
Marijuana laws under microscope
By Howard Solomon (Herald staff writer)
JASPER- The Attorney General of Canada should ask Alberta drug prosecutors to seek conditional discharges for people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, says a resolution to be debated today at a meeting of Alberta lawyers. ‘The resolution. to be discussed at the annual meeting of the Alberta section of the Canadian Bar Association. notes only two per cent of people found guilty here of simple possession receive discharges from judges. . . one of the lowest percentages in Canada.
Minister wants to ease drug laws
CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) – The possession of marijuana intended for personal use should no longer be a criminal offense in Canada, secretary of state David Macdonald said Saturday. In interviews, MacDonald and two of the other three Progressive Conservative members of Parliament from Prince Edward Island agreed that the penalties for recreational Use of marijuana are too severe for the crime, and the laws should be changed.