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: James Bowman, raided by feds in 2012, growing ... - The Oregonian

- Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:17:41 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: James Bowman, raided by feds in 2012, growing ...
The Oregonian
Marijuana policy and public perception about the drug have shifted in Oregon and nationwide since High Hopes Farm was raided. Oregon this year began regulating the state's once underground medical marijuana dispensaries. Recreational marijuana is ...

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Major Oregon marijuana critic lays out his case against legalization - The Oregonian

- Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:03:42 GMT


Major Oregon marijuana critic lays out his case against legalization
The Oregonian
Oregon voters in 2012 rejected an initiative to legalize marijuana and in 2004 and 2010 voted down measures to liberalize medical marijuana laws. Of course, none of those measures had the national firepower being brought to bear in favor of this year's ...

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
Iowa Man Convicted of Growing Pot Now in ORKGAN TV

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MBank exploring medical marijuana banking - Portland Business Journal (blog)

- Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:37:43 GMT


MBank exploring medical marijuana banking
Portland Business Journal (blog)
?While MBank takes no stand in support of, nor opposition to medical marijuana, there is clearly a need to provide a banking solution for law enforcement and taxing agency concerns about what has become an all-cash business in Oregon,? Baker said in an ...

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Study Predicts $38.5 Million In Taxes On $145 ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:25:10 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Study Predicts $38.5 Million In Taxes On $145 ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
The Act does not affect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, so researchers did not include the 64,000+ patients in their calculations. In the first three years, analysts expect the legal market to capture 40% of Oregon's current black market. There are ...
Oregon To Vote On Cannabis Legalization In NovemberMedical Jane
Oregon's Legal Weed Measure ExplainedEugene Weekly
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Campaign Lands Major EndorsementseNews Park Forest
Town Hall -The Globe and Mail -Reason (blog)
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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 dealWallowa County Cheiftain
Most charges in Medford medical pot case dismissedBelleville News Democrat
Plea deal in marijuana caseMail Tribune
The Register-Guard
all 31 news articles »

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 ...
Oregon marijuana legalization advocates aim for 'the new gold standard'The Oregonian
Transporting Pot Across State Lines: Oregon Police Say Driving While High Is ...International Business Times
Marijuana: Oregon and Alaska could be next to legalize recreational useAnchorage Daily News
Huffington Post
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Pot in Oregon: Marijuana referendum receives a surprising endorsement - Portland Business Journal (blog)

- Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:05:37 GMT


Pot in Oregon: Marijuana referendum receives a surprising endorsement
Portland Business Journal (blog)
They also found it would protect kids and young adults from the ?criminal aspects of the current law,? improve access for elderly and disabled persons to medical marijuana, divert state and community resources from policing ?marijuana criminals? and ...

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

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


Yahoo News

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 ...
5 owners of Oregon day cares have medical marijuana cards; governor criticizes ...The Oregonian
The states that will vote on marijuana this yearVox
Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballotYahoo News
Statesman Journal -Seeking Alpha (registration) -CelebStoner (blog)
all 240 news articles »

Oregon learns from Wash. rollout - Blue Mountain Eagle

- Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:29:58 GMT


Oregon learns from Wash. rollout
Blue Mountain Eagle
Johnson said Oregon should have an easier time crafting regulations than Washington because the Oregon Health Authority has already developed a system for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. "In Washington, the medical program is not ...

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