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Medical Marijuana Permits in Oregon: Recommendation is Not RequiredDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
Anderson Cooper picked this up and asked me, "How many prescriptions have you written"? I told him, "None" and he said, "The New York Times said you did."
(PORTLAND, OR) - The upcoming legalization of marijuana for "recreational purposes" and the frantic, "The sky is falling" response by the newspapers and TV have prompted this article by me, about the meaning of all of the terms associated with this quasi-legislation.
First of all, the state issues permits not licenses. The New York Times printed that I "prescribed" marijuana. Marijuana can not be prescribed in any state and probably any country. (A really weird law!)
Anderson Cooper picked this up and asked me, "How many prescriptions have you written"?
I told him, "None" and he said, "The New York Times said you did." This is the first time the New York Times has been wrong about anything!
Most newspapers say that we marijuana doctors recommend, approve or authorize marijuana. This is absolutely NOT factual. The laws are not set up like that. Most states specify which diseases are acceptable for a permit to grow, carry and use. The greatest demand for permits is by Combat Veterans for pain and PTSD. The various states reject this.
"If a Vet says he has PTSD it's because he wants to use it to just get high".
This is so cockeyed it is pitiful. Even policemen, firemen, EMT's and emergency room personnel can suffer PTSD and be pensioned off for PTSD but only two states regard PTSD as a medical disability, California and New Mexico.
The Oregonian in particular, accuses marijuana doctors of being too generous about handing out permits for less than 'real' medical therapy purposes. The high suicide rates among Veterans and active military personnel is the obvious answer to this foolishness. We as a nation are now confronted with about one million PTSD and extremely wounded Veterans and they are not getting any semblance of adequate care. The suicide and murder rates are going up!
In Oregon, diagnosis of an acceptable disease by a previous doctor is all that is required for a permit.
No Recommendation Necessary!
Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology,
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.
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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.
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