Oncologist, Dr. Michael Auerbach insists that the Baltimore Sun owes Dr. Morhaim, medical cannabis lawmaker, an apology. The Baltimore Sun recently published Dr. Auerbach’s, request for an apology by the paper.
The insistence on an apology pertains to an article published by Baltimore Sun “Del. Dan Morhaim, advocate of medical marijuana, draws scrutiny for role in firm”. This article implied Dr. Morhaim failed to disclose his extent of affiliation with the company called Doctor’s Orders LLC, to the state’s medical cannabis commission. Dr. Morhaim, is a state lawmaker who has been a leading advocate of Maryland’s medical cannabis program.
Dr. Auerbach states he has known Dr. Morhaim for more than 40 years. He felt privileged to have had the opportunity to observe Dr. Morhaim’s excellence as a physician, author, educator and state legislator.
Dr. Morhaim continually contributes and impacts positively on the well-being of the state, the medical profession and society. His support for hospitals, clinics for the homeless, the VA Hospital and in Kuwait after the first Gulf War is proof of his unending dedication.
He is personally responsible, as legislator, for a wide variety of important bills, ranging from initiating cancer screening prevention and treatment programs, expanding funding for substance abuse care, developing Maryland’s electronic recycling system, and helping children with congenital disease, to saving millions of taxpayer dollars by identifying inefficiencies in government operations, claimed Dr. Auerbach.
Dr. Morhaim is best known as Maryland’s medical cannabis legislative champion
Dr. Morhaim is probably best known as legislative champion of Maryland’s medical cannabis program. “As an oncologist, I eagerly look forward to the day I can seamlessly recommend cannabinoids for cancer and cancer chemotherapy patients,” says Dr. Auerbach. He continues, “Oncologists have to manage starvation, anorexia and aguesia (loss of taste), which is rife among those they care for.”
He explains that although numerous pharmaceutics improve appetite, only cannabinoids are effective in treating both anorexia and aguesia. In addition, there is the added bonus of pain and nausea management in oncology patients.
If it was not for Delegate Morhaim courageously stepping up, risking political fall-out at a time when the legalization of medical cannabis was less popular, had he not then worked closely with health professionals, law enforcement, and legislators from both parties, there would be no cannabis program in Maryland for patients.
Dr. Auerbach concludes by directly accusing Baltimore Sun of being unfair and short sighted. Dr. Morhaim followed all the rules and regulations, he was upfront and above board. He reviewed all matters in advance with the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. He was transparent all along. To suggest that he initiated a long political fight starting in 2003 in order to maybe collect a paycheck in 2017 is absurd, uselessly punitive and journalistic showboating says Auerbach.
He feels the Sun has not only tarnished his reputation but has diverted attention from the far more important and real problem of getting Maryland’s responsible and well thought out medical cannabis program up and running as soon as possible.
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Dr. Auerbach has every right to be furious
Dr. Auerbach suggested that The Sun’s journalistic energies would have been much better spent investigating why it has taken so long to implement this much-needed and long overdue medical cannabis program.