Get Serious About Medical Marijuana Abuse in Oregon

It’s time that Oregon legislators get serious about the state’s out-of-control medical marijuana situation and reverse the trend that is getting worse in a hurry.

As the Oregonian pointed out in an editorial this week, the rate of marijuana use by adult Oregonians is 50% above the national rate.  And now, there is proposed legislation that would weaken workplace rules regarding those who hold medical marijuana cards. 

 Let’s not wait until we see more traffic fatalities and workplace injuries caused by those who obtain medical marijuana cards under false pretenses. 

 This is a problem that is fixable, so let’s fix it now.Medical marijuana abuse is a runaway train if  left untouched. 

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10 Responses to Get Serious About Medical Marijuana Abuse in Oregon

  1. eltone says:

    If the federal government would legalize the recreational and medical use of cannabis there would be no problem. Cannabis is not dangerous to the human condition, it has many theraputic effects in controlling the symptoms of terminal and life long diseases. We have over 2,000 years of medically documented safe use of cannabis. The whole legal issue is a political one not a medical one. For it has been proven that cannabis can relieve and control nausea, which is what I use it for simply because it works the best while also controlling pain and many other health problems and has the largest safety margin of any drug known to man. These are facts. So get over it, legalize it, tax it and sell it. For a government to restrict the use of recreational drugs to those that are feircely addictive, fatal and spawn many other fatal diseases while prohibiting the use of cannabis a much safer non addictive, non fatal and actually very theraputic drug is evil, cruel and sadistically insane. There’s no way you can deny this.

  2. Slifman says:

    I agree with you eltone. As the Oregon Voters have stated, they believe that the use of marijuana for medical purposes is important. But just like other prescription drugs, it should remain just that, used for its intended purposes. When legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes is mixed into the debate over medical marijuana I believe we are doing an injustice to the Oregon Voter who approved it for medical purposes. I don’t have a problem with the medical use of marijuana. I have a problem with people who want to use this as a means of legalizing it all together. This only makes it harder for the patient it was originally prescribed too, and that’s just not right.

  3. Pete says:

    eltone…When you say “no way to deny” your so-called “facts,” I say it’s easy to deny almost everything you wrote. Let’s see – legalize marijuana and watch all its problems involving health, safety, and law enforcement to disappear. Believe that, and you’re living in a haze.

  4. Joel Spellman says:

    Huh whoever posted this article might be on “medical marijuana”. The second paragraph’s first sentence makes no sense because it says, “the rate of marijuana use by adult Oregonians is 50% than the national rate.” (If it doesn’t now, somebody fixed it :)Is it more or less? Better or worse? I wish you would post concrete examples of the problems with Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Laws rather than hysterics of work place accidents and car accidents, because we all know the number one problem in this state is alcohol, which requires no prescription or “false pretenses” to get. It is pathetic that it is harder to buy cold medicine than beer, but I digress. Oregon’s current medical marijuana laws are flawed because it is poorly regulated and so many nut jobs are causing house fires with their grow operations or robbing one another to get the money and drugs. Rather than subsidizing drug dealers, the state should put marijuana where it belongs behind the pharmacy counter and patients should be provided with ample literature about the very well-documented negative side effects marijuana, like all drugs, has.

    • elfman says:

      If your argument is that alcohol is just as horrible, shouldn’t you be fighting to make that stuff illegal, rather than making everything else legal?

      I really don’t think it is pathetic that it is harder to get the ingredients for METHAMPHETIMINES than alcohol, but I for one don’t like to drink drano.

  5. opblog says:

    Joel: Nice catch….Made the correction. It’s 50% above the national rate.

  6. GB says:

    ” Let’s not wait until we see more traffic fatalities and workplace injuries caused by those who obtain medical marijuana cards under false pretenses.” So…What evidence do you have of this. I’m not saying marijuana doesn’t affect motor skills, but if you’re going to make a claim like that, at least back it up with some proof. After you do that, you should try to argue that alcohol should be illegal too. I hear that also has negative effects on drivers and people in the workplace.
    It’s funny, I’ve lived in Portland for 20 years now. Not once have a seen anyone in Oregon get in a car accident, start a fight, or create any sort of havoc under the influence of marijuana. I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count how many times I’ve seen the aforementioned behaviors on account of alcohol.
    Honestly, what do you personally have against weed?

    • elfman says:

      You haven’t seen those car accident statistics because it isn’t in the lawbooks to charge someone of reckless endangerment in a vehicle due to marijuana, and what driver would confirm that? I’ve heard of numerous stories of teenagers at rave parties with marijuana (and alcohol, usually hand in hand), driving under the influence, getting into car accidents, and getting sexually molested. Stats are so easily manipulated like one I saw about how as marijuana users increased, workplace accidents decreased. What was the population sampling pool, what industries, how many of these employees actually smoked pot… These medicinal card holders probably had “medical problems” and weren’t even working. I’ve seen teenagers leave school on their lunch break to duck into the trees to smoke pot and get back to the classrooms, “learning” in a daze. I’ve seen college students who can’t even get through a day without their pot, because it helps them relax. Pornography has a similar addictive reaction, which drives a similar inability to deal with their problems but uses an object to get that feeling. Making it legal isn’t dealing with the problem that parents aren’t being parents, because dealing with your problems instead of avoiding them only makes it worse.

  7. Jenna says:

    I totally support the war on drugs, but marijuana should most definitely be excused from it. All of these so called “proven facts” aren’t as proven as you’d think. The whole idea that marijuana is bad originated from some bull sh** propaganda movies in the 30’s and such. I mean have you ever seen Reefer Madness?! hahhaahahhahhahh wow I think Marijuana should be legalized with an age limit and driving restrictions. Also think of the money our country could make off of taxing it. I support marijuana all the way. Recreational and Medical.

  8. Eco Green says:

    Politicians are 10 years behind the times when it comes to hemp use. People have been fighting for a long time against marijuana and pot prohibition with some movement going on now. Still too slow for those caught up in the jail system for possessing a little weed. Our freedoms have been trampled on by folks who know nothing about how beautiful cannabis can be for someones life, if one learns how to grow cannabis. Keep up the good work.

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