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

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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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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Which cities have moratoriums on dispensaries? - The Oregonian

- Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:21:07 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: Which cities have moratoriums on dispensaries?
The Oregonian
A controversial law, passed in the legislative session this year, gives local governments the ability to impose moratoriums on medical marijuana retailers through May 1, 2015. Those temporary bans must be enacted by May 1. The law also gives local ...

Marijuana News: Legalization, THC testing and Oregon moratoriums - Statesman Journal

- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:22:42 GMT


Marijuana News: Legalization, THC testing and Oregon moratoriums
Statesman Journal
... when they are ovulating, according to the Columbian. The research raises some interesting questions about proper dosages for female medical marijuana users, but human testing is a long way off if current federal laws around marijuana remain in place.

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Medical marijuana moratoriums in 71 Ore. cities - KTVZ

- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:15 GMT


Medical marijuana moratoriums in 71 Ore. cities
KTVZ
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? At least 71 Oregon cities have moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries and more than 40 others are considering one. The Legislature allowed local governments to impose a one-year ban, if enacted by May 1. The League of ...

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

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


Yahoo 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 say no to pot dispensaries for nowYahoo News
New Marijuana RulesThe Tribune News
Columbia County imposes a year-long medical marijuana moratoriumLongview Daily News
Newsmax.com
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Ore. Cities, Counties Enforce Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums - OPB News (blog)

- Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:36:34 GMT


Ore. Cities, Counties Enforce Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums
OPB News (blog)
County commissioners and city councils are scrambling to pass medical marijuana dispensary moratoriums that comply with state law by the May 1 deadline. Senate Bill 1531 legalizes medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, but it also empowers counties ...
More medical marijuana dispensaries approved, including one in SalemStatesman Journal
West Linn City Council to debate medical marijuana dispensary moratoriumThe Oregonian
Corvallis dispensary gets green light from stateSunHerald.com

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Patients, owners of operating medical marijuana dispensaries worried about ... - The Oregonian

- Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:59:27 GMT


Patients, owners of operating medical marijuana dispensaries worried about ...
The Oregonian
About 2.5 years ago, she got her Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card and visited the newly-opened Maritime Cafe on McLoughlin Boulevard near Gladstone. Duvall, who lives in Oregon City, worked out a deal with Mamone to clean the dispensary in the ...

Here's the drill under Oregon's new medical marijuana dispensary law - The Oregonian

- Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:10:00 GMT


SFGate

Here's the drill under Oregon's new medical marijuana dispensary law
The Oregonian
SALEM ? A line of patients forms in the lobby of a medical marijuana shop called Cherry City Compassion as a worker checks IDs, enters names into a computer system and performs other duties required under a new state law. The extra scrutiny is new to ...
Oregon medical marijuana dispensary program approves first applicationsEIN News (press release)

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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 Drops Proposed Ban on Treats Laced With MarijuanaWillamette Week
MassLive.com
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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Health authority issues first batch of dispensary ... - The Oregonian

- Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:36:35 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Health authority issues first batch of dispensary ...
The Oregonian
The Oregon Health Authority on Friday announced it had issued licenses to eight medical marijuana dispensaries. ?For the first time, a legal and regulatory structure is in place to govern the operation of dispensaries,? said Tom Burns, who oversees the ...
Oregon Bans Medical Weed Dispensaries From Selling Edible ProductsHuffington Post
First Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Issued In OregonThe Weed Blog (blog)
Salem medical marijuana dispensary gets one of the first licensesStatesman Journal

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