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Oregon's Medical Marijuana Doctor Reviews Up's and Down's of 2010Dr. Phil Leveque & Bonnie King Salem-News.com
Americans are learning that cannabis poses no threat to their way of life, and in fact may enhance it, with their doctor's okay.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King of Salem-News.com discuss the latest information regarding the progress and development of medical marijuana in Oregon and California, and even legalization in general.
Though it did not pass, California's Proposition 19 changed the way Americans, not just Californians, looked at the entire subject. Dr. Leveque comments that Proposition 19 and Oregon's Measure 74 brought the broader subject of medicinal use to a new group of people, and increased advocacy of the herb across the entire United States.
Whether or not Oregonian's approved of Medical Marijuana dispensaries was another conversation that proponents enjoyed starting. It proved to be an outstanding opportunity to reduce rumors and "reefer madness", by providing factual answers and documentation, engaging a new group of people, many of whom had never come forward with their beliefs, or questions.
The truth speaks for itself. Marijuana (Cannabis) has been used medicinally for 5,000 years, successfully, without any fatalities. In 5,000 years. Is there any other such medicine? (No.)
Dr. Leveque is one of the leading writers in this area- an area that physicians rarely delve into. Oregon's medical board took his license to practice medicine away because he reportedly broke the rules.
He authorized a medical marijuana permit for a disabled, shut in woman who lived hundreds of miles from his Portland office. Knowing the woman qualified for medical cannabis on several levels, Dr. Leveque signed her permit without making her physically visit the office. That was his big 'crime' and if it wasn't that it would have been something else. Also, under other conditions a doctor would not have his license revoked for this; it was an extraordinary situation; by some accounts, a vendetta.
There are hundreds of thousands of Americans serving prison or jail time for using this natural substance. Even Canadians are paying the price, like Marc Emery who is serving 5 years in a US federal prison for selling cannabis seeds. Prohibition has been in effect for over 70 years, but it's irrational days are waning. Finally, the truth about cannabis is being told, and Dr. Leveque is full of wisdom to share.
WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW 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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