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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Six defendants get probation in Washington County medical marijuana drug case - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:04:48 GMT


Six defendants get probation in Washington County medical marijuana drug case
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The raids came at the end of an investigation begun in December 2012 when authorities got a tip that certain holders of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cards were abusing the system by growing more than allowed, then selling the marijuana out of ...

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

- Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:02:22 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: Hundreds of pot growers meet in Portland to talk ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
What is likely to be the largest ever gathering of Oregon medical marijuana growers is about to get underway in downtown Portland. The event, organized by Amy Margolis, a Portland attorney, has drawn a crowd of about 300. Margolis is behind an effort ...

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: State has inspected 58 dispensaries; closed 2 - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:07:15 GMT


KTVZ

Medical marijuana in Oregon: State has inspected 58 dispensaries; closed 2
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday released copies of medical marijuana dispensary inspection reports in response to a public records request from The Oregonian. Inspectors have found a range of violations, from lack of written procedures to ...
State releases first marijuana dispensary inspectionsStatesman Journal
State shuts down 2 Oregon medical marijuana storesMerced Sun-Star

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inspections Begin - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:59:30 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inspections Begin
The Weed Blog (blog)
ommp oregon medical marijuana clinic The Oregon medical marijuana industry has been very entertaining to watch. Oregon started its medical marijuana program in 1998. Medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services started in the 2000?s, and ...

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States that legalize medical marijuana 'have fewer deaths from opioid painkillers' - Medical News Today

- Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:12:09 GMT


Medical News Today

States that legalize medical marijuana 'have fewer deaths from opioid painkillers'
Medical News Today
Prior to the study start period, just three states - California, Oregon and Washington - had legalized medical marijuana, with 10 more states joining by the end of the study period in 2010. Since then, another 10 states and Washington, DC, have also ...
Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Fewer Opioid DeathsMedscape
Can Medical Marijuana Reduce the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?Boston.com
Legalization Of Medical Marijuana Linked To Positive Health EffectsBusiness Insider
Huffington Post -HealthCanal.com -Jewish Business News
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Medical marijuana in Oregon: State bans use by home-based day-care providers - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:57:06 GMT


KTVZ

Medical marijuana in Oregon: State bans use by home-based day-care providers
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
SALEM ? Home-based day-care centers are no places for medical pot, Oregon has decided. That decision Wednesday by a state board was prompted by revelations that the owners of at least five home-based day-care centers had medical marijuana cards ...
State: Child care providers can't use medical marijuanaStatesman Journal
Redmond day care claims state shutdown over medical marijuana useKTVZ
Oregon outlaws medical pot at day caresKOIN.com
TBO.com
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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

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It's time to legalize recreational marijuana: Editorial endorsement - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:01:55 GMT


SFGate (blog)

It's time to legalize recreational marijuana: Editorial endorsement
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone with a vague medical claim and the ...
Oregon's Largest Media Outlet Endorses Marijuana Legalization InitiativeThe Weed Blog (blog)
Oregonian: Marijuana Legalization's Time Has ComeSFGate (blog)
Oregonian Says It Is Time To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaLive Trading News
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald -The Columbian
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City Club Of Portland Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:21:30 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

City Club Of Portland Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative
The Weed Blog (blog)
portland oregon medical marijuana dispensary collective delivery The City Club of Portland has issued endorsements for Oregon ballot measures. One of the measures they are endorsing is Measure 91 which would legalize marijuana in Oregon for people ...

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Recreational marijuana in Washington: High prices, pot shortages dog new ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:49:36 GMT


CelebStoner

Recreational marijuana in Washington: High prices, pot shortages dog new ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Washington's rocky rollout stands in stark contrast to Colorado, where the state relied on its established medical marijuana industry to shape its recreational one. Washington's medical marijuana dispensaries remain unregulated ? much like Oregon's ...
Stoned in Seattle: Hempfest HighlightsCelebStoner

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