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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Already Exist: They're Called the Mexican MafiaDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
The well-intentioned Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is again swinging at a “straw man” – call it a Piñata.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The Oregonian, July 25, 2010, did it again on page B-1; it showed a picture of Lindsey Bradshaw, a Marijuana cardholder, a survivor of an abdominal tumor invading his spleen, kidney, stomach, colon, and pancreas. He must have had a $50,000 surgery to remove the bad parts. I know all about him. He was one of my patients. I did a physical on him for his card renewal just after his surgery. He looked like a victim of a Nazi death camp. With Marijuana, I think I saved his life. The Oregon Medical Board had the arrogant effrontery to allege that I was “a danger to all my patients and the public in general” I had many patients like this. Dangerous??
Mr. Bradshaw is a “Poster Boy” for the new Marijuana Dispensary Law. We already have dispensaries. We wouldn’t need such a law if this valuable medicine was made legal. Sgt. Erik Fisher of the Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section said it wouldn’t make a difference. He is not quite correct. It would get rid of the Mexican Mafia and make it easier AND cheaper for medical patients to get their medicine and enrich the State tax coffers.
Part of the law would allow/require the Oregon Public Heath Division to conduct and/or fund Medical Marijuana research. This is really strange – they have nobody competent enough to do it or supervise it. Their task has been only to incarcerate or force patients into Drug Rehabilitation Programs which are usually cruel, punitive and useless.
The California Marijuana Program is referenced. It has been a well-intentioned disaster with the regulators not having the foggiest idea what they were/are doing. Sgt. Fishers comment that one could buy $40 worth and send it to New York and sell it for $600 is totally fallacious. The Kentucky and Montreal growers are doing it already with less problems.
Tony Bell from the Los Angeles Supervisors Office says that Los Angeles has a “mess of unregistered and dangerous dispensaries”. He should know, the Supervisors Office is responsible for the MESS.
It should become evident that anybody in the supervisory or control position is not competent enough to make any judgment about Medical Marijuana or the patients.
It is probable that our new well-intentioned Dispensary Law may put another blockade preventing Medical Marijuana patients from getting medicine or getting it at a reasonable price. The past history of the actions of the Legislature and the DHS have shown that they have no knowledge about Medical Marijuana as medicine and they consider the patients a bunch of POTHEADS.
A LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGEROUS THING!
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