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Dr. Leveque and Bonnie King Discuss Changes in Medical Marijuana for 2011Dr. Phil Leveque & Bonnie King Salem-News.com
Informative video covering the updates for medical marijuana in 2011.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Americans are increasingly discovering that one of the best, most effective medicines for a surprising range of ailments, is none other than cannabis, the notorious weed that is officially known as marijuana, but carries as many street names as it does burdens from generations of government propaganda.
In the beginning it was about getting this plant off the market so that synthetic rope and other newly developed goods made in noxious, smoke belching factories, could take its place.
There are funny stories. The movie 'Reefer Madness' which made millions of Americans in the 1930's believe that marijuana was a deadly violence-causing narcotic, was used to push marijuana into outlaw status. Then when WWII broke out, it was suddenly just fine for farmers to again grow marijuana, in this case the industrial strains better known as hemp.
The next thing that happened, was the government's decision to bankroll a movie called, 'Hemp for Victory', which encouraged the production of much-needed hemp for things like parachute rope. When George Bush bailed out of his WWII Navy plane after being shot down by the Japanese, hemp parachute ropes allowed his survival, the ingrate!
Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals, as Dr. Leveque has explained in the past, was one of the nation's top marijuana medicine producers, that is until the industry push to outlaw it in the 30's.
It was at this time that racism was employed to demonize the plant, as it was connected to Mexico, Pancho Villa, etc. In Hearst Newspapers, terrible alcohol-caused crashes would be a small mention in a newspaper's back section, but marijuana-based 'crime' would constantly make the headlines.
These are my thoughts after producing the latest video from Bonnie King and Dr. Phil Leveque, it has been some time since we were able to generate one of these, and it is certainly one of the most entertaining and informative that I can recall. As always, you can send Dr. Leveque your questions about medical marijuana and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and he will do his best to provide helpful answers, either via email or through these video reports. The email address is located below.
________________________________________Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist. Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
Email him: ASK DR. LEVEQUE
More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole". Order the book by mail by following this link: DOGFACE SOLDIER OF WWII If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
________________________________________Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers.
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