Would you feel comfortable if your surgeon smoked a joint 10minutes before he did surgery on you?
POTUS has said marijuana should be legal.. It is in several states. We hear about medical marijuana, being good, but do you want doctors, pilots, truck drivers smoking it and working?
No, and I wouldn't want them drinking alcohol on the job either, so what is your point?
No. I don't think anyone who is working, operating a vehicle, or responsible for taking care of another person (child care, elder care, etc) should be under the influence of marijuana or any other drug. The people who think it's ok should ask themselves if they think it should be legal for those workers to do the same jobs if they're under the influence of alcohol.
Why would a doctor smoke a joint before doing surgery? Making marijuana legal doesn't mean it wouldn't have the same restrictions as alcohol. Pro marijuana legalization doesn't mean pro smoking on the job.
On their time off why should it matter? There are narcotic drugs that will disable you worse that are perfectly legal - not to mention alcohol. I wouldn't want my pilot, doctor etc. taking those while on duty either, but during one's own personal time, I really don't care what people choose to do if it doesn't directly effect me. If they aren't intoxicated while at work then it shouldn't matter.
I am not sure if you read the question or not, but if they smoke the joint 10 minutes b4 they do surgery on you then couldn't that potentially affect you? or r u sayin that it is ok as long as that 10 minutes b4 they were technically off duty? lol
my point being the question is silly. Of course not, but where did the President say it was safe to smoke it "10 minutes" before? Most rational people don't drink, use drugs etc 10 minutes before work, if they do on their own time, I could care less.
Thats the great thing about hubpages; if u think it is a silly question, u don't have 2 answer it. U have never taken a philosophy class if u think this is a silly question. I guess Socrates was dumb for telling the "Analogy of a Cave" 2 Glaucon? lol
Maybe if he shared some with me first, but otherwise no.
No. I would not my doctor - or any Dr. - smoking it. I would not want to take it as a medicine either. I do not think that it should used legally or illegally. I believe that the people growing it should go through the same laws - jail and all - which people caught smoking it go through.
Where I live it's legal. Do you feel the same about liquor store owners?
I do not think that it should be legal anywhere.
The store owners are just the ones in-between. For alcohol it is the makers and users.
Many years ago when it was declared illegal it was because the US didn't want the Mexican folks bringing it here - not because it was harmful, but for political reasons. All these years it has been a sham.
The cartels are growing pot on government lands in California. Very inventive.
After seeing what does to people, even those who do not use it but are too close, I believe that it is harmful.
Examiner - I respect what you believe. There are many things that are harmful - like all the crap in our foods, the air we breath, what some companies dump into our rivers. As long as we are apathetic we will get what we do not deserve. .
RBJ33 - I know, I am working on checking the foods everyday, online and in the supermarkets. I am beginning to wonder if anything will be safe to eat soon.
That's good Examiner! But, are you also "participating' by writing to your representatives, and signing petitions? Or are you one of the apathetic ones?
RBJ33 said:"There are many things that are harmful - like all the crap in our foods, the air we breath, what some companies dump into our rivers"
And they should all be illegal, don't you think?
They are trying but they cannot keep up with them all. I read how a certain food is healthy and then how that same food is unhealthy. Then I finally read how it is healthy for some but not for ones with certain diseases.
A single joint wouldn't worry me much at all. In fact, I could see where it might be helpful. Even so, marijuana being good, even if you accept that, does not in any way endorse using it irresponsibly. It is a chemical additive and should not be used if impairment diminishes functioning during a critical endeavor, exactly the same as any other similar substance.
i think the drug affects everyone differently. Since I don't know the doctor personally and would not have had the opportunity to see how it affects his state of mind, then I would say absolutely no. However, I can see the other side of this question and not judge if someone said ÿes"
No, I would not want my surgeon high when he is performing surgery on me.
I would have thought this would be 100% no's, but I guess since this is such a political hot button right now, people would rather side with what their political party tells them to say instead of using common sense.
There are alot of things I don't want my doctor doing before surgery. Including argue with his/her spouse. One of my acquaintances swears there are no effects from pot.
So then u r going 2 trust that acquaintance and say u r ok w/ a dr smoking marijuana 10 minutes b4 surgery?
Rock_nj beat me to it - there are a number of things I don't want them doing, including alcohol, lots of caffeine, etc. What is you point?
It wouldn't bother me if he / she was accustom to it.
I've done a lot of very precise machine work and fabrication after smoking pot and if anything it aided concentration and fine motor skills.
In college we tested pot vs alcohol using video games and most of us tested better on pot than "sober" while alcohol was just the opposite.
Like anything there are levels at which things degrade and anyone not accustom to the affects of any substance will be worse under the influence.
Tell us how you would know whether they were accustomed to it, or if it was the first one.
You wouldn't, but then you wouldn't know if they had smoked in the first place so that is rather moot. Pot doesn't debilitate one's motor skills or concentration and I wouldn't be worried about it. I want my Dr to follow their normal behavior period
Doesn't matter how you would feel about it 'cause there is nothing you can do about it whether it is legal or not!
If your surgeon is a person who would do that or feels he needs such a crutch to operate he is probably doing it now already even if it is illegal. Worse yet if he can't operate without a fix, he is a doctor - he can pop any pill he wants, who needs pot? and you'll never know.
If he isn't doing it now it is not because it is illegal, it is because he knows he doesn't need it to operate and probably would never need such a crutch.
If you are concerned I wouldn't wait 'til it is legal, ask him now if he needs to smoke pot to operate and whatever his answer to you, go with your gut. I would (if it mattered to me). :-)
GREAT QUESTION BTW! Your point is obvious.
There are some studies which seem to have indicated that some marijuana in the system (THC and all the other cannabinoids) actually improves driving.
Certainly, one can't compare driving or operating machinery in a routine sort of way under the influence of marijuana to the same thing as under the of lots of alcohol.
Would I want a doctor smoking pot before he operated on me? You kidding? If I'm in surgery, then I probably have other things to be concerned about...and surgery is a high stress endeavor for everyone. Again, "surgery" is a very loose bit of terminology. Hip replacement surgery or...brain surgery is something too distant in severity, skill needed, time elapsed, etc, etc, etc...to having an ingrown toenail removed, or from having a colonoscopy or something of that nature.
Considering I am having a medical condition, where I need the surgery at any cost, I can't really do anything other than praying that things fall right into the place on time.
I agree with Rock_nj. I can't imagine that anyone would be "ok" with a doctor drinking alcohol or taking any kind of mind-altering drug while on the job.
I will not only feel uncomfortable. I will be very upset for his unprofessional conduct and you can bet I will report him to the American board of medical association and will also report him to the proper authorities. That is endangering patients ' lives and I will never go to him again.
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