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

Feds effectively drop ban on medical marijuana - KOIN.com

- Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:04:54 GMT


Reuters

Feds effectively drop ban on medical marijuana
KOIN.com
The movement to legalize pot will eventually get in line for the same federal consideration. More than half the states, including Oregon and Washington, have legalized medical pot. Oregon was the first to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and ...
Colorado awards $8 million to study medical marijuana usesReuters
Why Congress Gave In to Medical MarijuanaThe Atlantic
Congress blocks feds from meddling with medical marijuanaMashable
Main Line -Bangor Daily News -RollingStone.com
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Oregon's marijuana czar ready to look for answers - Statesman Journal

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:45:45 GMT


Statesman Journal

Oregon's marijuana czar ready to look for answers
Statesman Journal
It's a difficult task ? especially given the diversity of opinions on marijuana. To help him in this undertaking, Burns plans to draw on the lessons he learned during his 18-month tenure as the head of Oregon's medical marijuana dispensary system.

Seattle May Not Issue Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses After All - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:34:40 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Seattle May Not Issue Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses After All
The Weed Blog (blog)
Washington reminds me a lot of how it was in Oregon before Oregon's Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries (officially legalized, no 'grey area'). Dispensaries are all over the place in Washington. By not licensing and regulating them, it ...

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OLCC names Tom Burns as head of marijuana program - Statesman Journal

- Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:47:24 GMT


Statesman Journal

OLCC names Tom Burns as head of marijuana program
Statesman Journal
"I don't think it's a huge surprise," said Geoff Sugerman, a lobbyist for Oregon Cannabis Growers. "I think Tom Burns is an excellent choice for this position. Mr. Burns has done a really outstanding job of putting together the medical marijuana ...
Burns named Oregon Director of Marijuana ProgramsKVAL
Oregon hires manager for marijuana regulationsThe State
Oregon Hires Top Marijuana RegulatorNorthwest Public Radio

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Southern Oregon's outdoor marijuana growers organize to have voice in regulation - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:59:50 GMT


OregonLive.com

Southern Oregon's outdoor marijuana growers organize to have voice in regulation
OregonLive.com
WILLIAMS -- More than 100 southern Oregon medical marijuana growers who farm in the epicenter of the state's outdoor cannabis community met Thursday to voice concerns about how they'll fit into a new regulated industry. The meeting, held at a grange ...

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know Now - Forbes

- Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:37:49 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know Now
Forbes
There are now 24 jurisdictions with laws that legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes. Five of those jurisdictions?Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia?have gone so far as to legalize the drug for recreational use ...
Marijuana Legalization: How Parents Can Keep Teens SafeThe Weed Blog (blog)

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The Year in Pot: Legal Sales and Anti-Marijuana Voices Boomed - NBCNews.com

- Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:04:42 GMT


NBCNews.com

The Year in Pot: Legal Sales and Anti-Marijuana Voices Boomed
NBCNews.com
Marijuana has never had a year like 2014. The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. .... Nadelmann has authored, aided, or helped fund ...
Pot conflict heads to courtThe Register-Guard
Oklahoma, Nebraska challenge Colorado marijuana lawJURIST
Nebraska, Oklahoma sue Colorado over legalized marijuanaPBS NewsHour
U.S. News & World Report -The National Law Review
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The Top 10 Marijuana Victories in 2014 - Huffington Post

- Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:44:10 GMT


The Inquisitr

The Top 10 Marijuana Victories in 2014
Huffington Post
As a result, Alaska and Oregon became the third and fourth states to end marijuana prohibition. 3. TWIN REFORMS IN MARYLAND: In April, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Maryland; at the same time, he signed a bill ...
Federal Spending Bill Creates Controversy Over Federal Government's Position ...The National Law Review

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Hawaii State Auditor: Legalize Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:04:23 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Hawaii State Auditor: Legalize Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
The Weed Blog (blog)
My home state of Oregon didn't allow medical marijuana dispensaries for well over a decade after the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program was created. It caused a lot of headaches for law enforcement and patients because patients were forced to purchase ...

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New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients - Washington Post (blog)

- Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:14:03 GMT


New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients
Washington Post (blog)
Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders to ?survive and thrive,? Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans ...
Medical Marijuana May Soon Be Available For VeteransDaily Caller

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