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

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:37:57 GMT


MiamiHerald.com

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The ruling centered on the southern Oregon community of Cave Junction, where the city council sued the state over medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that cities shouldn't be required to license businesses that violate federal law. Marijuana is ...
CAVE JUNCTION, OR -- A new ruling says Oregon cities can restrict or ban ...KBND
Judge rules Cave Junction can ban medical marijuana dispensariesGrants Pass Daily Courier (subscription)
Judge: City can ban medical pot dispensariesMiamiHerald.com

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Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:49:47 GMT


Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
medical marijuana advertising ban outdoor denver It has been a wild ride for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been around for a long, long time in Oregon. However, until late 2013 they were illegal, and it ...

Marijuana measure: Should Oregon jump into legalization or stick to slowly ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:11:54 GMT


Kansas City Star

Marijuana measure: Should Oregon jump into legalization or stick to slowly ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The officer found he was carrying several cookies and other treats laced with marijuana. Pickel, who learned to his chagrin that his California medical marijuana card held no sway in Oregon, ended up pleading guilty to a felony marijuana charge and is ...
2 sides in pot debate appeal to maternal instinctsKansas City Star

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Decision 2014: Measure 91 debate lights up - KTVZ

- Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:55:57 GMT


Constitution Daily (blog)

Decision 2014: Measure 91 debate lights up
KTVZ
If the measure fails, marijuana remains illegal for most. You wouldn't be able to buy, sell or possess it unless you're a part of Oregon's medical marijuana program. On that note, no matter which way Measure 91 goes, medical marijuana stays the same.
High stakes in marijuana voteThe Register-Guard
La Pine approves pot taxBend Bulletin
The marijuana midterms: 3 states and DC will vote on legalization in NovemberVox
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Increase In Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Attributed To Increased Safe ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:34:27 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Increase In Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Attributed To Increased Safe ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
Oregon medical marijuana The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program started in 1998. At first the number of patients in the program was small due to many factors. For starters, there weren't as many qualifying conditions as there are today. Also, the number ...

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Portland keeps 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana, ditches medical ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:07:03 GMT


Portland Tribune

Portland keeps 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana, ditches medical ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
As expected, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to keep a 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana on the table Wednesday while dismissing a controversial proposed tax on medical marijuana. A final vote on the sales tax, which officials ...
City mulls tax on pot salesDalles Chronicle
Portland OKs recreational marijuana sales taxPortland Tribune
City Council Shelves Medical Pot Sales Tax?Still Wants Money From ...The Portland Mercury (blog)
Coos Bay World -OPB News (blog) -Ontario Argus Observer
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Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia Should Legalize Pot - New York Times

- Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:22:57 GMT


Statesman Journal

Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia Should Legalize Pot
New York Times
The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two decades later, over half the states allow at least limited medical use. Now it looks as though recreational ...
Recreational marijuana: Is Oregon next?Statesman Journal
Oregon rolls out legal-pot plan far different from Washington'sWalla Walla Union-Bulletin
Oregon set to vote on recreational marijuana use initative this fallJURIST
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Marijuana legalization: University of Oregon economist offers positive take on ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:48:57 GMT


Albuquerque Journal

Marijuana legalization: University of Oregon economist offers positive take on ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
States with medical marijuana laws saw decreases in suicide rates, particularly among young men, as well as a drop in drunken driving, also among young men, a University of Oregon economics professor told Portland business leaders Thursday. Economist ...
5 days in Alaska: A marijuana measure puts dry towns in a hazeAl Jazeera America
Oregon economist: Pot tax revenue overstated in ColoradoAlbuquerque Journal
City Club contemplates marijuana debateBend Bulletin
Blue Mountain Eagle -Latin Post -Willamette Week (blog)
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Landowner says he was forced to destroy medical marijuana plants - KATU

- Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:58:15 GMT


KATU

Landowner says he was forced to destroy medical marijuana plants
KATU
Trow said Paul Stanford signed a $30,000 lease to grow the medical marijuana on his property on behalf of other Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders. Stanford is the man behind Portland's Hempstalk festival and organizer of the Campaign for the ...

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Millions of Americans to vote on marijuana legalization - USA TODAY

- Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:01:27 GMT


USA TODAY

Millions of Americans to vote on marijuana legalization
USA TODAY
One of America's best-known travel writers and guides is lending his support to marijuana legalization as voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., consider dropping penalties for using pot. Travel guru Rick Steves has been a longtime supporter of ...
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