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: More than 100 cities and towns impose ... - The Oregonian

- Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:49:00 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Medical marijuana in Oregon: More than 100 cities and towns impose ...
The Oregonian
The number of cities imposing moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries continues to rise, according to the latest data from the League of Oregon Cities. As of last week, 104 cities and towns in Oregon have enacted at least temporary bans. Of those ...
Come Support Safe Access To Medical Marijuana In Clackamas CountyThe Weed Blog (blog)
More Than 100 Oregon Cities Pass Dispensary MoratoriumsJefferson Public Radio
Marijuana dispensaries in limbo as moratoriums sweep stateKATU
KVEW
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Medical marijuana in Beaverton: A look back after council approval of a ... - The Oregonian

- Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:28:42 GMT


Medical marijuana in Beaverton: A look back after council approval of a ...
The Oregonian
March 3 - Oregon Health Authority begins sorting through registration applications for medical marijuana outlets throughout the state. March 5 ? A compromise bill that allows local governments to issue a moratorium on dispensaries within their ...

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Pot growers form political action committee - The Oregonian

- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:52:20 GMT


KVAL

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Pot growers form political action committee
The Oregonian
Medical marijuana farms, like this one in southern Oregon, fall under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. A group of growers has formed a political action committee to push for regulation and protection for Oregon's cannabis growers.
70-plus Oregon cities impose medical marijuana dispensary moratoriumsThe Register-Guard

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Health Canada Issues Recall Against Purple Kush Medical Marijuana - International Business Times AU

- Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:05:04 GMT


Health Canada Issues Recall Against Purple Kush Medical Marijuana
International Business Times AU
Marijuana-based products are displayed at the "Oregon's Finest" medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014. Over 20 Oregon cities and counties are moving to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries ahead of a May deadline, ...

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Nearly 100 Oregon cities have imposed a moratorium on medical marijuana ... - Statesman Journal

- Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:10:47 GMT


Nearly 100 Oregon cities have imposed a moratorium on medical marijuana ...
Statesman Journal
Polk County Commissioners hold a public hearing in Dallas, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Polk County Commissioners unanimously voted for a one-year moratorium for medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. / KOBBI R. BLAIR / Statesman Journal ...

Oregon's Marijuana Shops Tighten Rules - OPB News

- Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:44:08 GMT


The Republic

Oregon's Marijuana Shops Tighten Rules
OPB News
The extra scrutiny is new to these holders of Oregon medical marijuana cards waiting to enter a room with medicines priced at $140 to $290 an ounce, depending on the strain, grower and other factors. Until now, medical pot shops have operated in a gray ...
New Oregon dispensary rules put medical marijuana shops under added scrutinyThe Republic

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: East County cities considering one-year ... - The Oregonian

- Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:36:06 GMT


The Tribune News

Medical marijuana in Oregon: East County cities considering one-year ...
The Oregonian
Council member Scott Harden was the dissenter in the 3-1 vote. He said that he believes Oregon will follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing marijuana for recreational use as early as November. Such a vote would make medical marijuana far less ...
Some Oregon Cities Take Steps to Block Medical Marijuana DispensariesThe Daily Chronic
New Marijuana RulesThe Tribune News
Some Oregon cities say no to pot dispensaries for nowReuters
Longview Daily News
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Medical marijuana dispensary moratoriums approved in Gresham, Fairview - The Oregonian

- Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:57:18 GMT


Times of San Diego

Medical marijuana dispensary moratoriums approved in Gresham, Fairview
The Oregonian
Like many cities and some counties across Oregon, Wood Village opted to impose a moratorium while legal issues are sorted out. Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, but the Obama Administration has largely taken a hands-off approach in ...
Polk Co. public hearing on medical marijuana set for 9 am todayStatesman Journal
Troutdale, Gresham might ban pot dispensariesKOIN.com
Lebanon City Council bans medical marijuana dispensariesLebanon Express

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Marijuana Advice from Washington to Oregon - The Portland Mercury

- Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:37:17 GMT


Marijuana Advice from Washington to Oregon
The Portland Mercury
Washington officials had almost no experience regulating cannabis before voters legalized it?which was a response to our governor blocking comprehensive medical cannabis regulation in 2011. But Oregon regulators have years of experience with medical ...

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: State backs off ban on pot-infused sweets - The Oregonian

- Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:58:14 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: State backs off ban on pot-infused sweets
The Oregonian
... marijuana in Oregon: State backs off ban on pot-infused sweets. medical.marijuana.jpg. The Oregon Health Authorities has revised its rules on sweet pot treats, prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries from offering products that are "attractive ...
Oregon Officials Drop Proposed Ban on Medical Marijuana EdiblesThe Daily Chronic
Oregon agency OKs sales of marijuana-infused cookies and cakes packaged for ...The Post-Standard
Oregon Ditches Proposed Ban on Marijuana-Laced MunchiesNBCNews.com
MassLive.com -Willamette Week
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