The prohibition of cannabis has caused a massive delay in research and study of this natural medicine.  Only recently has there been enough acceptance of the benefits of cannabis to allow for legitimate, scientific-based testing to move forward. While we are far from understanding cannabis as a medicine completely, progress is being made.  This page will provide a number of links to recent studies demonstrating the positive benefits of choosing cannabis as part of your health care.

At the same time, more information about the dangers of many prescription drugs is being released.  Prescription drugs not only cause multiple side effects, many of which are horrendous, but are rapidly becoming the street drug of choice of far too many people.  There will also be links below presenting this information.

Choosing to use cannabis as a medicine is a decision which must be weighed carefully.  Patients who have used cannabis can attest to its benefits, which include providing them with an improved quality of life, reducing their dependence on prescription drugs, achieving pain relief that prescription drugs were unable to provide, allowing them more control over their medication in terms of dosage, means of administering the medicine, reduction in medicine costs, etc.

On the other side, there is the lingering stereotype of the "pothead" which still needs to be overcome.  Many people are still stuck in a "reefer madness" mind set which will not accept the possibility that cannabis is legitimate medicine.  Many fear rejection from their friends and family for choosing cannabis.

There is also the fact that cannabis is illegal at the Federal level, and law enforcement at every level still views cannabis as something that is criminal.  Until this attitude is overturned, cannabis patients will face legal issues that simply do not exist for patients who use other medications.  (When was the last time that you heard of an insulin-dependant diabetic being charged with "drug paraphernalia" as a result of needing syringes to manage his disease?)

The ability to choose cannabis is still greatly limited.  But it is growing.  15 states and the District of Columbia now allow for some sort of medical cannabis.  Here in Oregon, we are fortunate that the voters saw the benefits of medical cannabis back in 1998, and passed the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.  Read through the articles linked below, and see for yourself if medical cannabis might provide you with better health, better pain relief, and an overall improved quality of life.

STUDIES DEMONSTRATING THE BENEFITS OF CANNABIS

Cannabis use predicts shorter duration of untreated psychosis and lower levels of negative
symptoms in first-episode psychosis: a South African study

Smoked cannabis reduces pain, improves mood and helps sleep

Cannabis reduced pain intensity and unpleasantness equally

Cannabis-based medicine is effective in reducing pain and sleep disturbance in patients with multiple sclerosis related central neuropathic pain

Clinical Research Concerning Cannabis

 

DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Accidental Drug Poisonings now leading cause of accidental deaths-Opioids account for 40 percent of these fatalities.

Doctors who prescribe a lot of opioids may not be doing so safely.

100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs

High risk prescription drugs

Center for Disease Control's report on Drug Poisonings-Including Prescription Drug Deaths and Injuries

Over 1 million Emergency visits by older Americans caused by adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals or other types of medications

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Deaths from Marijuana v. 17 FDA-Approved Drugs

oregon medical marijuana - Google News

http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=oregon+medical+marijuana

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Benton Mackenzie, Iowa man convicted of ... - The Oregonian

- Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:03:34 GMT


Iowa City Press Citizen

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Benton Mackenzie, Iowa man convicted of ...
The Oregonian
Benton Mackenzie is well known in Iowa. His recent trial and conviction for growing cannabis on his parents' rural property made for page-one news, closely watched by marijuana activists nationwide. On Tuesday, though, Mackenzie was just another Oregon ...
Mackenzie arrives in Oregon to obtain medical potQuad City Times
Convicted Iowa pot growers travel to Oregon for medical marijuana purchaseThe Tribune

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Medford activist Lori Duckworth sentenced to ... - The Oregonian

- Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:41:42 GMT


KTVZ

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Medford activist Lori Duckworth sentenced to ...
The Oregonian
Both may continue to participate in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as patients. The Duckworths' plea and sentencing brought to a close one of the few remaining prosecutions of marijuana retailers accused of selling marijuana before the Oregon ...
Medical marijuana activists get plea dealKOBI-TV NBC 5 / KOTI-TV NBC 2
Most charges in Medford medical pot case dismissedBelleville News Democrat
Plea deal in marijuana caseMail Tribune

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5 owners of Oregon day cares have medical marijuana cards; governor criticizes ... - The Oregonian

- Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:16 GMT


Merced Sun-Star

5 owners of Oregon day cares have medical marijuana cards; governor criticizes ...
The Oregonian
SALEM ? Five Oregon home-based, day-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, officials said, prompting Gov. John Kitzhaber to say they should have to choose between their business and their pot. The state Office of Child ...
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for the 2014 BallotThe Daily Chronic
Smoke-filled room? Legal marijuana debated at National Press ClubMerced Sun-Star

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Dispensary owners meet with state officials to ... - The Oregonian

- Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:41:04 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: Dispensary owners meet with state officials to ...
The Oregonian
For years, the medical marijuana industry in Oregon flourished unchecked, making up its own rules and counting on the tolerance of neighbors and law enforcement to survive. But now the industry has the state to deal with.

Do 76 percent of doctors support the use of medical marijuana? - PolitiFact

- Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:13 GMT


Do 76 percent of doctors support the use of medical marijuana?
PolitiFact
An initiative proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon is headed for the November ballot. Signature verification by the Oregon Secretary of State's office wrapped up Tuesday, with enough valid names turned in on petitions passed by New ...

How Will Marijuana Stocks React To Election Results In Alaska And Oregon? - Seeking Alpha (registration)

- Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:48:03 GMT


How Will Marijuana Stocks React To Election Results In Alaska And Oregon?
Seeking Alpha (registration)
Most of the other widely-known marijuana stocks in the U.S. such as GrowLife (OTC:PHOT), Terra Tech (OTCQB:TRTC), Cannabis Science (OTCQB:CBIS), and Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTCPK:MJNA), did not see that level of big gains as marijuana became ...

Oregon Views: Oregon is not doing enough to ensure medical marijuana is safe. - Coos Bay World

- Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:20 GMT


Oregon Views: Oregon is not doing enough to ensure medical marijuana is safe.
Coos Bay World
It also samples and tests drugs from stores, warehouses and manufacturing sites. There's no guarantee that the FDA's testing catches all contamination or problems, but Oregon's standards for medical marijuana seem downright lackadaisical by comparison.

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Marijuana miscues: Oregon, learn from Washington mistakes - Statesman Journal

- Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:44:35 GMT


International Business Times

Marijuana miscues: Oregon, learn from Washington mistakes
Statesman Journal
In Washington, medical marijuana has been legal since voters approved its use in 1998 but it's been virtually free of state regulation. And that's caused all kinds of problems that the Legislature has so far failed to address. For example, Oregon is ...
Transporting Pot Across State Lines: Oregon Police Say Driving While High Is ...International Business Times
Oregon marijuana legalization advocates aim for 'the new gold standard'The Oregonian
Marijuana: Oregon and Alaska could be next to legalize recreational useAnchorage Daily News
Huffington Post -Bradenton Herald
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Medical Cannabis Then Recreational Marijuana: Oregon Might Be Next - Guardian Liberty Voice

- Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:43:55 GMT


Fox News

Medical Cannabis Then Recreational Marijuana: Oregon Might Be Next
Guardian Liberty Voice
If voters approve a ballot measure this fall, Oregon might be the next state to add the use of recreational marijuana to medical cannabis on this list of legal uses for marijuana. Criminal penalties have been removed for Oregonians who possess less ...
Hazy start for legalized potLancaster Newspapers

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Medical marijuana dispensaries want regulation by health dept. - Northwest Cable News

- Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:05:32 GMT


Medical marijuana dispensaries want regulation by health dept.
Northwest Cable News
SEATTLE -- Medical cannabis dispensaries in Seattle may get a year and half reprieve before they face the decision to obtain a state license or shut down. Seattle City Council members heard from medical cannabis insiders in a public hearing Wednesday ...