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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Oregon liquor regulators: Medical marijuana should be sold separately from ... - Portland Business Journal (blog)

- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:42:45 GMT


OregonLive.com

Oregon liquor regulators: Medical marijuana should be sold separately from ...
Portland Business Journal (blog)
When retail sales of marijuana in Oregon begin Jan. 1, transactions involving medical marijuana should take place separately from sales of strains sold at other outlets. So says the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which will oversee retail pot sales ...
OLCC doesn't want medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational shops at ...OregonLive.com
OLCC urges separate medical, recreational pot salesKTVZ
OLCC asks lawmakers to keep recreational, medical marijuana sales separateKPTV.com
Greenfield Daily Reporter
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Southern Oregon medical marijuana growers fear industrial hemp could ruin ... - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:39:09 GMT


OregonLive.com

Southern Oregon medical marijuana growers fear industrial hemp could ruin ...
OregonLive.com
Southern Oregon marijuana growers want to ban industrial hemp production from the region out of fear that hemp may pollinate their crops and render them worthless. Some outdoor marijuana growers want industrial hemp cultivation to be limited to eastern ...

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Southern Oregon marijuana proponents tell the Oregon Liquor Control ... - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:22:05 GMT


OregonLive.com

Southern Oregon marijuana proponents tell the Oregon Liquor Control ...
OregonLive.com
Oregon regulates medical marijuana dispensaries, but the rest of the program operates without state oversight. Even as medical marijuana dispensaries have evolved into commercial enterprises, the state doesn't know how much medical marijuana is grown, ...
Listening sessions on marijuana legalization drawing crowdsHerald and News

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Medical marijuana headed for City Council; Skate World property sold ... - OregonLive.com

- Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:02:08 GMT


OregonLive.com

Medical marijuana headed for City Council; Skate World property sold ...
OregonLive.com
That company is an arm of Northwest Self Storage, a business founded by Kevin Howard over 30 years ago that manages more than 70 properties in Oregon and Washington. Both Northwest Self Storage and its Hillsboro LLC registered under Howard's ...

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Features Gary Johnson ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:00:56 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Features Gary Johnson ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
oregon medical marijuana business conference ommbc Fresh off the heels of the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco that featured long-time California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher calling for an end to cannabis ...

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Returns To Eugene - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Wed, 04 Feb 2015 01:40:41 GMT


Bend Bulletin

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Returns To Eugene
The Weed Blog (blog)
oregon medical marijuana business conference ommbc Anyone familiar with my political activism knows that civil liberties and social justice are my primary focuses in the cannabis field. I want to end the arrest and prosecution of the cannabis community ...
Joint committee begins work on marijuana billsBlue Mountain Eagle
Bill would give Oregon cities more power over pot regulationBend Bulletin

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Deschutes County, cities contemplate medical marijuana rules - Bend Bulletin

- Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:11:47 GMT


Bend Bulletin

Deschutes County, cities contemplate medical marijuana rules
Bend Bulletin
Medical marijuana dispensaries sell the drug to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders. State law requires that dispensaries be more than 1,000 feet from a school attended by minors, prohibits marijuana use at the site and does not allow the ...
Deschutes County Opens Record For comment On Medical Marijuana OutletsmyCentralOregon.com

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The final days of 'Pot Doc' Phil Leveque - KOIN.com

- Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:08:35 GMT


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The final days of 'Pot Doc' Phil Leveque
KOIN.com
Pot doc is just one of his nicknames. In the 1990s, he was also dubbed the Most Dangerous Man in Oregon. Dr. Phil Leveque, who more than anyone pushed through Oregon's legalized medical marijuana law in 1999, reflected on his life and life's work, Feb.

Oregon's transition from medical to recreational marijuana - Oregon Catalyst

- Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:44:15 GMT


Oregon's transition from medical to recreational marijuana
Oregon Catalyst
As of October of this year, there were nearly 70,000 medical marijuana card holders in the state of Oregon, a little less than 2% of the residents of the state. That makes me skeptical, too. Isn't it amazing how a recreational drug can become so ...

Next Generation Management Reports Significant Progress In Its Oregon ... - PR Newswire (press release)

- Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:04:46 GMT


Next Generation Management Reports Significant Progress In Its Oregon ...
PR Newswire (press release)
12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NextGen Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Next Generation Management Corporation (NGMC), today announced significant progress in its three areas of concentration in the medical marijuana sector in Oregon.

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