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

Oregon Cities Scramble To Pass Marijuana Sales Tax Before November Elections - OPB News (blog)

- Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:09:34 GMT


kgw.com

Oregon Cities Scramble To Pass Marijuana Sales Tax Before November Elections
OPB News (blog)
The Hillsboro City Council received some criticism by meeting attendants because it's made marijuana taxes a priority over zoning for medial marijuana dispensaries. The Portland suburb has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries until May 2015.
Oregon City commission considers pot tax in anticipation of legalized marijuanaThe Oregonian - OregonLive.com

all 12 news articles »

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
Benton Mackenzie, is greeted outside the Scott County Courthouse by Brian Beach, of Pueblo, Co., prior to his sentencing trial. Mr. Mackenzie, was found guilty and sentenced to 3-years probation. Mr. Mackenzie plans to appeal his verdict.
Iowa cancer patient avoids prison for growing medical marijuanaAl Jazeera America
Terminal Cancer Patient Sentenced To Probation, Instead Of Prison, For ...Huffington Post
Cancer Patient Avoids Prison For Growing MarijuanaCBS Local

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Dispensary pays thousands in civil penalties for ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:06:01 GMT


GoLocalPDX

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Dispensary pays thousands in civil penalties for ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Operators of Portland Compassionate Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary located at the corner of Southeast Gladstone Street and Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, paid $6,500 in civil penalties for multiple "serious" violations of state rules.
Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To CloseNW News Network
OHA levies its first fines on marijuana dispensariesStatesman Journal
Oregon Fines, Closes Pot ShopsGoLocalPDX

all 5 news articles »

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 orders 9 unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to shut downGreenfield Daily Reporter

all 58 news articles »

Pot case raises medical marijuana issues - Baraboo News Republic

- Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:10:30 GMT


Pot case raises medical marijuana issues
Baraboo News Republic
Karen Kinsey also says she provided authorities with a valid Oregon medical marijuana registry card. The husband and wife say their prescriptions for medical marijuana are intended to help with Crohn's disease and treat the pain of scoliosis, respectively.

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Blumenauer, Marquis debate whether Oregon marijuana law is already ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:39:33 GMT


Portland Tribune

Blumenauer, Marquis debate whether Oregon marijuana law is already ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
At the same time, he added, almost any adult can get a medical marijuana permit and legally possess up to a pound and a half of the drug. blumenauermarquissalem.JPG Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, left, and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh ...
Marijuana legalization: Pros and consPortland Tribune
No, Josh Marquis, A Marijuana Ticket Ain't Like A Speeding TicketThe Weed Blog (press release) (blog)
Legal pot debate fires up state officialsThe Register-Guard

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Legalizing marijuana will be bad for kids: Guest opinion - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:13:12 GMT


The Moderate Voice

Legalizing marijuana will be bad for kids: Guest opinion
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Imagine Oregon as a magnet attracting the out-of-state wealthy illicit drug cartels who are looking for opportunities to disguise themselves under the cover of so called legal marijuana storefronts, as many of Oregon's medical marijuana cardholders and ...
DA, congressman square off on Measure 91Blue Mountain Eagle

all 3 news articles »

Marijuana news: Is cheaper medical pot to blame for Colorado's lagging ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:45:57 GMT


Philly.com

Marijuana news: Is cheaper medical pot to blame for Colorado's lagging ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Medical marijuana consumers, it turned out, stuck with the medical market, reported Ingold. The findings could have implications for Oregon, where voters will weigh a legalization initiative in November. Oregon, too, has a robust medical marijuana ...
Legalization Leaves Some Parents Wondering How To Talk To Children About PotTimes Record

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Hundreds of pot growers to meet in Portland on ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:23:56 GMT


KVAL

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Hundreds of pot growers to meet in Portland on ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Medical marijuana farms, like this one in southern Oregon, fall under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Hundreds of Oregon's medical cannabis growers will meet Friday to network and learn about the legalization initiative that will appear on the ...
Policy will determine economic impact of legal marijuana, says sociologistMedical Xpress

all 4 news articles »

Oregon Will Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana - Guardian Liberty Voice

- Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:38:38 GMT


Guardian Liberty Voice

Oregon Will Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Guardian Liberty Voice
At present, the state allows use of cannabis only for medicinal purposes. The Medical Marijuana Program which started as early as 1998 had already made pot user-friendly by legalizing the dispensaries. At last count, Medical Marijuana Cards have been ...
The Desperate Lies of Josh Marquis, Part III: Stoned Mayhem on the FreewaysThe Weed Blog (blog)
Marijuana's Hazy Contribution to Highway DeathsABC News
Marijuana Legalization Has Researchers Wondering If Traffic Deaths Will RiseHuffington Post
Tech Times
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