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Oregon Gov. Signs Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program to Include PTSD

June 9th

Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday signed legislation, Senate Bill 281, into law to allow patients with post-traumatic stress to be eligible to engage in the therapeutic use of cannabis.

The new Oregon law expands the state’s existing medical marijuana program, initially enacted by voters in 1998, to include post-traumatic stress as a state-qualified illness for which marijuana may be recommended.

To date, only three states – Connecticut, Delaware, and New Mexico – specifically allow for the use of cannabis to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Clinical trial data published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry theorized that cannabinoid-based therapies would likely comprise the “next generation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).”

Post-traumatic stress syndrome is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to impact some eight million Americans annually. To date, there are no pharmaceutical treatments specifically designed or approved to target symptoms of PTSD.

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Oregon Gov. Signs Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program to Include PTSD

June 9th

Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday signed legislation, Senate Bill 281, into law to allow patients with post-traumatic stress to be eligible to engage in the therapeutic use of cannabis.

The new Oregon law expands the state’s existing medical marijuana program, initially enacted by voters in 1998, to include post-traumatic stress as a state-qualified illness for which marijuana may be recommended.

To date, only three states – Connecticut, Delaware, and New Mexico – specifically allow for the use of cannabis to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Clinical trial data published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry theorized that cannabinoid-based therapies would likely comprise the “next generation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).”

Post-traumatic stress syndrome is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to impact some eight million Americans annually. To date, there are no pharmaceutical treatments specifically designed or approved to target symptoms of PTSD.

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Oregon to Become 4th Medical Marijuana State to Recognize PTSD as an Eligible Condition

June 3rd

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 Thursday with a vote of 36-21 to allow people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to qualify for Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It passed the Oregon State Senate earlier this spring.

If signed by the Governor, Oregon will join New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware as the fourth state to specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Brian Boquist, had bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House.

Patients with PTSD, who often have trouble tolerating the side effects of pharmaceuticals prescribed for a variety of PTSD indications such as sleeplessness, anxiety, and social isolation, find that medical marijuana is a helpful alternative.

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Oregon to Become 4th Medical Marijuana State to Recognize PTSD as an Eligible Condition

June 3rd

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 Thursday with a vote of 36-21 to allow people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to qualify for Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It passed the Oregon State Senate earlier this spring.

If signed by the Governor, Oregon will join New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware as the fourth state to specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Brian Boquist, had bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House.

Patients with PTSD, who often have trouble tolerating the side effects of pharmaceuticals prescribed for a variety of PTSD indications such as sleeplessness, anxiety, and social isolation, find that medical marijuana is a helpful alternative.

There is also evidence that use of medical ma. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon to Become 4th Medical Marijuana State to Recognize PTSD as an Eligible Condition

June 1st

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 Thursday with a vote of 36-21 to allow people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to qualify for Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It passed the Oregon State Senate earlier this spring.

If signed by the Governor, Oregon will join New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware as the fourth state to specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Brian Boquist, had bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House.

Patients with PTSD, who often have trouble tolerating the side effects of pharmaceuticals prescribed for a variety of PTSD indications such as sleeplessness, anxiety, and social isolation, find that medical marijuana is a helpful alternative.

There is also evidence that use of medical ma. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Legislature Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

May 31st

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — A bill to expand Oregon’s medical marijuana program by adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying ailments was approved by the Oregon House on Thursday, sending the bill to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk for final approval.   The bill passed the Senate in April.

The House voted 36-21 on Thursday to approve the bill, which received a favorable recommendation by the House Health Committee earlier this month.

Use of medical marijuana is currently allowed in the state for patients with certain debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV and AIDS.  In an earlier hearing on the bill, veterans told lawmakers that marijuana helped them cope with the physical and emotional trauma of war.

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Raids: A Higher Police Priority than Stopping Rapes?

May 25th

While many of us are gearing up for our Memorial Holiday weekend filled with fun, friends and family, I can’t help but think about my friend Lori Duckworth and an Oregon woman whose cries for help on a 911 call might as well have fallen on deaf ears.

More than 70 law enforcement officers participated in raids against Lori Duckworth and other medical marijuana providers, but no officer could assist a woman who called 911 begging for help.

More than 70 law enforcement officers participated in raids against Lori Duckworth and other medical marijuana providers, but no officer could assist a woman who called 911 begging for help.

Lori won’t be enjoying her holiday weekend as she sits in a jail cell because she has provided medicine to Oregon medical marijuana patients that can legally possess up to 24 ounces of medical cannabis.  I only hope that the woman that suffered a horrible attack because no law enforcement officer could come to her aid is doing well and has recuperated as much as possible from such a harrowing ordeal.

While these two matters may seem unrelated, I think that they are completely intertwined and they help demonstrate the society we currently live in and provide us with a pi. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Marijuana Penalty Reduction Bills Advancing

May 13th

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SALEM, OR —  Two bills working their way through the Oregon legislature would significantly reduce penalties for marijuana possession offenses in Oregon.

Senate Bill 40 would reclassify marijuana offenses involving the possession of over one ounce, but less than four ounces of marijuana from a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six months.  Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in Oregon has already been reduced to a  misdemeanor that carries no possible jail time. The maximum fine for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Oregon is $1,000.

It also reclassifies offenses involving the possession of less than 1/4 ounce of hashish from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Senate Bill 40 passed the full Senate by a vote of 22-7 in late April, and is scheduled  for a work session in the House Judiciary Committee this week.

The second bill, Senate Bill 82, would eliminate the suspension of driving privileges for those convicted of possessing an ounce or . . . . . READ MORE

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