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

Is medical marijuana in jeopardy if recreational pot is legal? Some Oregon ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:20:38 GMT


The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Is medical marijuana in jeopardy if recreational pot is legal? Some Oregon ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Pavich and his girlfriend, Aligra Rainy, 28, opened one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Portland, helping to launch what is now a regulated industry in Oregon. Today their shop, Collective Awakenings, is among the more well-known medical ...

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Beaumont-Wilshire neighbors push back against ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:55:56 GMT


The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Beaumont-Wilshire neighbors push back against ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
?With wanting to have this kind of experience, being in a neighborhood like Beaumont really suits our mission,? said Foreman, who is an Oregon medical marijuana patient. She denied plans to convert the dispensary into a "hash house" if marijuana is ...

Josh Marquis, Not "Anybody Can Get A Medical Marijuana Permit" - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:43:34 GMT


KUOW News and Information

Josh Marquis, Not "Anybody Can Get A Medical Marijuana Permit"
The Weed Blog (blog)
One of the more frustrating things about listening to elected officials debate marijuana legalization, aside from their lack of current experience using marijuana, is their consistent mischaracterization of Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program, or OMMP.
Oregon starts preparing before state votes on legalizing potThe Seattle Times
Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational MarijuanaKUOW News and Information
Oregon Agencies Prepare For Legal MarijuanamyCentralOregon.com

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County working on marijuana tax - The Register-Guard

- Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:38:08 GMT


International Business Times

County working on marijuana tax
The Register-Guard
Commissioner Pete Sorenson pointed out Tuesday that Oregon law explicitly prohibits local governments from taxing medical marijuana. ?I have a hard time understanding how the state pre-emption against local governments taxing medical marijuana goes ...
Marijuana Trademarks: Product Owners Struggle With Federal TrademarksInternational Business Times
Study: Marijuana legalization would light up $300M industry in ArizonaPhoenix Business Journal
Lane County commission OKs marijuana taxKTVZ
Vox
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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Benton Mackenzie, dying Iowa man convicted of ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:49:01 GMT


CBS Local

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Benton Mackenzie, dying Iowa man convicted of ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
(Mackenzie is an Oregon medical marijuana patient and made a trip to Portland in July to try various cannabis products in his cancer fight. Oregon is the only state in the country that allows out-of-staters to enroll in its medical marijuana program ...
Iowa cancer patient avoids prison for growing medical marijuanaAl Jazeera America
Cancer patient in Iowa gets probation for using marijuanaPost-Bulletin
Cancer Patient Avoids Prison For Growing MarijuanaCBS Local
DesMoinesRegister.com
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Forest Grove approves tax on recreational pot, removes medical marijuana ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:30:21 GMT


The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Forest Grove approves tax on recreational pot, removes medical marijuana ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The Council approved a 10 percent tax on marijuana-infused products and recreational marijuana. But after seven people testified in opposition to the city's proposed 5 percent tax on medical marijuana, Mayor Peter Truax suggested the City Council ...
Springfield city councilors endorse pot taxThe Register-Guard
Council moves forward on medical marijuana issueKeizertimes
Medford City Council readies marijuana taxKTVZ
Mail Tribune -The Republic
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Oregon cities, counties should tax marijuana sales - Statesman Journal

- Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:52:49 GMT


Statesman Journal

Oregon cities, counties should tax marijuana sales
Statesman Journal
There's enough evidence and opinion from qualified medical personnel to make a convincing case for the use of marijuana as a medicine, but there's little in the way Oregon handles medical marijuana that inspires confidence it would do well as a ...
Flawed Poll Shows Oregon Marijuana Legalization 'Too Close To Call'The Weed Blog (blog)

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: State orders 9 illegal dispensaries to shut down - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:54:00 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Medical marijuana in Oregon: State orders 9 illegal dispensaries to shut down
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Under state law, the name of the person registering a medical marijuana facility is not subject to public disclosure. Tok, 8001 S.E. 72nd Avenue, Portland. The state sent a letter dated Aug. 26 to the registered agent, Daniel Pounds, saying inspectors ...
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Closed/Fined In Oregon For 'Serious Violations'The Weed Blog (blog)
Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To CloseJefferson Public Radio
Oregon orders 9 unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to shut downGreenfield Daily Reporter

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A Crucial Election Season for Legalizing Marijuana and Ending the Drug War - Huffington Post

- Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:02:06 GMT


Huffington Post

A Crucial Election Season for Legalizing Marijuana and Ending the Drug War
Huffington Post
Alongside Oregon in 1998, Alaska was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana. With a deep-rooted respect for personal freedom, Alaska would become the first red state to legalize marijuana for adult use, no doubt raising eyebrows across ...
Poll: DC voters poised to legalize pot, elevating national debate over marijuanaWashington Post
It Looks Like Pot Will Soon Be Legal in the Nation's Capital, Maybe in Oregon ...Reason (blog)
Welcome to the Gay, Pot-Smoking Seinfeld ElectionBloomberg View
Salt Lake Tribune
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Beaverton Planning Commission approves regulations for medical marijuana ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:01:42 GMT


Beaverton Planning Commission approves regulations for medical marijuana ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Beaverton Planning Commission voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in three city zones at its Sept. 10 meeting. At the meeting, commissioners evaluated several maps and approved medical marijuana dispensary regulations about zoning, buffers ...