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

Event - The Future Of Legal Marijuana In Oregon - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:40:57 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Event - The Future Of Legal Marijuana In Oregon
The Weed Blog (blog)
portland oregon medical marijuana dispensary collective delivery Oregon voters approved Measure 91 on Election Day 2014. Oregon Measure 91 legalized possession of marijuana up to 8 ounces per individual, and cultivation of up to 4 marijuana plants per ...

Now That Pot's Legal, Should Oregon End Medical Marijuana? - OPB News

- Thu, 06 Nov 2014 05:11:38 GMT


OPB News

Now That Pot's Legal, Should Oregon End Medical Marijuana?
OPB News
This week, Oregon voters chose to legalize marijuana and to direct the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to draw up rules to tax pot and to keep it out of the hands of people under 21. Now regulators in Oregon have to figure out how to take the pot ...
Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC legalize marijuana Two more states ...CNN
Where America landed on marijuanaUSA TODAY
Marijuana Votes: Oregon And DC Legalize; Florida Says No To MedicalNPR (blog)
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Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' - KMTR NewsSource 16

- Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:42:58 GMT


Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy'
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"Oil infused with CBD, medical marijuana," she said as she held a jar of medical cannabis pills from TJ's Organic Gardens, a Eugene-based medical marijuana farm with indoor operations in Oregon and Washington. "I have my son again. He's not this fog of ...

Lawmakers take first look at implementing marijuana law - Statesman Journal

- Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:34:43 GMT


Statesman Journal

Lawmakers take first look at implementing marijuana law
Statesman Journal
"Can we do away with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program if we are going to legalize marijuana?" Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, asked Jesse Sweet, a policy analyst with the OLCC. Measure 91 states that it makes no changes to the Oregon Medical ...
Oregon Cities To Lobby Legislature To Allow Local Marijuana TaxesThe Weed Blog (blog)
District Attorney Who Opposed Oregon Legalization In Charge Of Implementing ...Huffington Post
Local Officials To Take Pot Sales Tax Fight To Legislature In 2015OPB News (blog)

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Oregon marijuana growers gear up for Green Rush - Yakima Herald-Republic

- Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:13:58 GMT


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Oregon marijuana growers gear up for Green Rush
Yakima Herald-Republic
FILE - This Nov. 5, 2014, file photo shows a sample of medical marijuana displayed at Shango Premium Cannabis dispensary in Portland, Ore. It will be nearly two years before Oregonians can drop by the corner marijuana store to pick up some bud for the ...
Legal marijuana in Oregon: A look at the state's pot historyThe Oregonian - OregonLive.com
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Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers In Southwest Oregon - OPB News

- Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:04:13 GMT


OPB News

Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers In Southwest Oregon
OPB News
In southwest Oregon, cannabis is a cottage industry. Thousands of people grow under the legal protection of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, and have registered with the state. Others grow without any legal protection in secret, in backyards and ...
Legally High: Marijuana Initiatives On The Ballot In Three States And D.C.BuzzFeed News
Legal pot on the ballotCNNMoney
2014 ?Marijuana Midterms? to Establish 2016 as Most Crucial Year for Cannabis ...Brookings Institution (blog)
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Where Marijuana Legalization Votes Are Happening Nov. 4 - TIME

- Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:52:00 GMT


TIME

Where Marijuana Legalization Votes Are Happening Nov. 4
TIME
Residents in Lewiston, Maine may have seen an unusual Halloween decoration this year: a mobile billboard, towed around town on the bed of a truck, featuring a face screaming in horror and, in spooky-squiggly script, the words ?Marijuana: Less toxic!
Pot legalization approved in South Portland, defeated in LewistonPress Herald
Outlook for states' marijuana legalization measures goes from solid to shakyNorwalk Reflector

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NPR audio: Will marijuana legalization win in Oregon, D.C., Alaska or Florida? - The Cannabist

- Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:56:44 GMT


NPR audio: Will marijuana legalization win in Oregon, D.C., Alaska or Florida?
The Cannabist
Will Oregon and Alaska legalize marijuana? Can we look at these states attempting to legalize pot and see a broader movement? With 23 states and the District of Columbia already on board for medical marijuana programs, why wouldn't Florida pass its ...

Florida's medical-marijuana amendment, one of the most active ballot battles ... - Washington Post

- Wed, 05 Nov 2014 06:28:29 GMT


The Inquisitr

Florida's medical-marijuana amendment, one of the most active ballot battles ...
Washington Post
Voters in Nebraska and Arkansas approved minimum-wage increases by double-digit margins, while Oregon became the third state to legalize marijuana. Minimum-wage hikes were also on the ballot in South Dakota and Alaska, while Alaskans also weighed ...
Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Fails, Voter Support For Legalized Pot ...The Inquisitr
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Marijuana profits up in smoke under IRS rules - USA TODAY

- Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:42:24 GMT


USA TODAY

Marijuana profits up in smoke under IRS rules
USA TODAY
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., legalized recreational marijuana Tuesday. But without the support of the U.S. Congress, any of the new, voter-approved pot shops may not be able .... "The problem is that we have passed laws that allowed ...

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