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

Oregon lawmakers have much to discern about marijuana - Statesman Journal

- Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:00:35 GMT


Statesman Journal

Oregon lawmakers have much to discern about marijuana
Statesman Journal
Colorado and Washington state also have legal marijuana. Oregon and a number of other states previously had approved medical marijuana. Meanwhile, outdated federal policy outlaws any use of marijuana anywhere. On the national level, Congress and ...

Oregon's largest medical marijuana grow site serves only California patients - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:30:58 GMT


OregonLive.com

Oregon's largest medical marijuana grow site serves only California patients
OregonLive.com
A variety of marijuana blends are grown at this facility in southeast Portland, Dec. 4, 2014. This marijuana growing facility is operated by a group who currently service medical marijuana clients who are positioning themselves for the recreational pot ...
Oregon Marijuana Growers Scrambling For Real EstateThe Weed Blog (blog)
Oregon pot producers ramping up productionAlbany Democrat Herald
Biggest medical marijuana grow site in Josephine CountyThe Idaho Statesman

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Oregon home marijuana possession limits are too high, John Kitzhaber suggests - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:54:53 GMT


Chron.com

Oregon home marijuana possession limits are too high, John Kitzhaber suggests
OregonLive.com
Medical marijuana patients and growers have been adamant about wanting to keep a separate program, and Measure 91 explicitly calls for that. "It's premature to make drastic changes to the medical marijuana program at this time, especially before we've ...
Marijuana Legalization Under Attack In Alaska And OregonThe Weed Blog (blog)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to outline his ?principles? for recreational ...Bend Bulletin
Kitzhaber to offer ideas on Measure 91 implementationWallowa County Cheiftain

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Benton Mackenzie, Iowa man and Oregon medical marijuana patient, dies - OregonLive.com

- Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:25:36 GMT


Benton Mackenzie, Iowa man and Oregon medical marijuana patient, dies
OregonLive.com
Benton Mackenzie, an Iowa man who held an Oregon medical marijuana card and traveled to the state for medical cannabis, died Monday morning, reports the Quad-City Times. Mackenzie, 49, was well-known in his home state after being convicted in Iowa ...

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Next Generation Management Adds Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility To Its ... - PR Newswire (press release)

- Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:30:11 GMT


Next Generation Management Adds Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility To Its ...
PR Newswire (press release)
26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nextgen Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Next Generation Management Corporation (NGMC), is pleased to announce that it has secured a coveted medical marijuana cultivation facility near Portland, Oregon. Identifying ...

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State bans child care providers from medical and recreational marijuana use - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:46:36 GMT


OregonLive.com

State bans child care providers from medical and recreational marijuana use
OregonLive.com
"Medical marijuana in Oregon is a Schedule 2 controlled substance and they didn't prohibit anybody else that's using a Schedule 2 controlled substance to manage pain or other conditions" from caring for children, Taylor said. "What happens if somebody ...
Cannabuzz: The Week in MarijuanaThe Portland Mercury
Pot use banned at Oregon day caresKOIN.com
Oregon eyes rules to keep pot edibles away from kidsBend Bulletin

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Legal Marijuana Is The Fastest-Growing Industry In The US: Report - Huffington Post

- Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:18:21 GMT


Huffington Post

Legal Marijuana Is The Fastest-Growing Industry In The US: Report
Huffington Post
To date, four states -- Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon -- have legalized retail marijuana. Washington, D.C., voters also legalized recreational marijuana use, but sales currently remain banned. Twenty-three states have legalized medical cannabis.
Legalization Of Marijuana Expected To Hit 18 States By 2020, Which Means ...Medical Daily
Seven States That Are Next In Line To Legalize MarijuanaThe Weed Blog (blog)
Going Green: Legal Pot is Fastest-Growing Industry in U.S.Sputnik US
JDJournal.com -Digital Journal
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Eastern Oregon residents didn't vote for legal marijuana, urge OLCC to keep a ... - OregonLive.com

- Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:15:21 GMT


OregonLive.com

Eastern Oregon residents didn't vote for legal marijuana, urge OLCC to keep a ...
OregonLive.com
To understand those differences, consider: Deschutes County was the only county east of the Cascades to vote in favor of legal marijuana. Portland is home to nearly 100 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, while Umatilla and Baker counties, where ...

Joint committee ready to make rules for Oregon marijuana - KOMO News

- Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:01:33 GMT


KOMO News

Joint committee ready to make rules for Oregon marijuana
KOMO News
Oregon growers already provide pot to medical marijuana dispensaries. House Bill 2676, sponsored by state Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, directs the OLCC to register existing production sites, easing the way for that supply to enter the retail market ...
Oregon lawmakers busy filing marijuana billsBend Bulletin

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Abandoning medical pot snubs patients - The Register-Guard

- Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:52:42 GMT


Abandoning medical pot snubs patients
The Register-Guard
A Jan. 11 Register-Guard editorial titled ?Don't repeat Colorado's stumbles? proposed, among other points, the termination of Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program. Though perhaps administratively expeditious and arguably more lucrative for the state, the ...

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