Jul 4, 2022

Interesting Psak: Medical Marijuana

hattip to VIN

This kol koreh signed by the batei din of Rav Wosner and Rav Nissim Krelitz, along with other rbbonim in the Haredi community. The kol koreh says that this psak must be announced because in recent years doctors have been giving permits for use of medical marijuana even in light cases. They stress that ti is prohibited as a drug no matter the situation or type, even as a one time thing, This is a drug that takes people out of their senses and leads to sin and to worse drugs and issues and eventually destroys the person. The only time medical marijuana can possibly be considered is in a case of minimally safek pikuach nefesh and even then one cannot rely on the doctors but must ask a rav certified in the field. Thos e who sell and market this product to healthy people are violating Torah commandments and are causing people to sin...

So no medical marijuana according to this.





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4 comments:

  1. Good, some common sense.

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    1. Can you get it in Uman? lol

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  2. I get it that they want to prevent casual users from usung drugs, but the tone of the letter IMHO will prevent some who need it from taking advantage. I've personally seen a couple of people using cannabis to relieve extreme pain and suffering from cancer. Would hate to see someone who needs this not taking it because of some poorly worded letter like this one.
    Rav Moshe bends over backwards to justify prohibiting marijuanna (as I recall bitul torah is his main justification. Not exactly the type of reasoning that this letter would lead one to believe was used...). I can't believe at all that Rav Moshe would have agreed with this letter without serious rewording to make it clear that it refers to unjustified use only, and not just to classic pikuach nefesh.

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    1. Kol Koreih's generally use looser language than a written teshuva. I think the authors would say that a person with serious medical issues as you indicate should ask a shaylah. In all likelihood it would be permitted.
      Their concern seems to be that Drs. are prescribing marijuana likes its asprin.

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