Tuesday October 24, 2017
SNc Channels:

Search
About Salem-News.com

 

Jun-10-2007 15:56printcomments

The Most Dangerous Man in Oregon

He says Medical Marijuana is often a far better alternative than morphine-based drugs.

Salem-News.com's Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King
Salem-News.com's Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Judge Francis Young, who is/was the Administrative Law Judge for the Drug Enforcement Administration, made the following ruling and statement after a conference and hearing:

Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man...one must reasonably conclude that there is accepted safety for use of marijuana under medical supervision. To conclude otherwise on the record would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious.

Marijuana, or Cannabis, as medicine, has a long history in the United States. It was introduced into medical practice about 1840 after a highly successful introduction into England, after thousands of years of medical use, starting in India or China, possibly 4,000 years ago.

Note: Cannabis is also specifically named in the Hebrew Bible as kaneh (cane) bosom (sweet/aromatic) in Exodus 30:21-23. How it got the name sweet or aromatic should be obvious. It has a sweet taste and perfume-like odor.

It also has some bad history. The concentrated form is called Hashish. In high concentrations, it causes strong euphoria and hallucinations. Euphoria is exaggerated good feelings. In one historical account, Arab soldiers were given this. When these soldiers were indoctrinated with hashish, beautiful women were also supplied. Ultimately, the hashish caused sleep. When the soldiers woke up, they were told they had visited paradise and if they died in battle they would go to paradise with many beautiful virgins. These soldiers were called "Hashisan" or "hashish eaters", and the modern word is assassins. These soldier assassins would do anything to get back to paradise and the virgins.

To come back to the present, this “dangerous man” was first introduced to marijuana in Klamath Falls about 1928. The Mexican kids were smoking “loco weed.” It is true that marijuana can cause euphoria. To a bystander, this could be considered acting crazy.

He next encountered Cannabis as cough medicine (Cosadeine – Parke Davis) at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1949 when he organized the Pharmacology Department stock room. This was 12 years after it had been declared illegal any place in the U.S.

It was known in those times that certain “low lifes” were smoking marijuana even in the face of severe legal punishment. He, years later, found out that some of his patients had been using it medically for as long as 50 years. Many recent patients told him their grandmothers smoked it frequently in a tobacco pipe. For many, it seems to act as a tranquilizer and sedative.

The “Hippy Generation” seems to have rediscovered marijuana, L.S.D. and “sacred mushrooms” about the same time in the 60’s and 70’s. Some of these “Hippy” types also had medical ailments which they discovered were ameliorated by the use of marijuana. One special case was a Boston man who had Glaucoma. He had been arrested for marijuana use but sued the U.S. government for the right to use it as it was the only medicine giving relief, despite previous use of many pharmaceuticals.

Ultimately, about 15 more medical patients were granted U.S. government permits to use it and the government even supplied the medicine to them FOR FREE.

During that time, it was rediscovered in medical literature that marijuana or cannabis provided relief for diverse medical conditions in addition to glaucoma. These include Cancer and its chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS and its chemotherapy, Alzheimer’s rage, Chronic pain of any kind, chronic nausea from Cancer, HIV/AIDS or any other cause, seizures such as epilepsy, spasm conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, gastrointestinal and skeletal muscle spasm diseases. These are acceptable conditions to get an Oregon Medical Marijuana Permit.

NOTE: No doctor in the universe can diagnose ALL of these medical conditions!

It is certain that euphoria or good feelings have much to do with the effectiveness of marijuana for these diseases, but isn’t this why we take medicines — to make us feel better!

In Oregon, we have a system for changing laws called Referendum by which voter petitioners can request changes in the marijuana law to allow its medical use. The two chief petitioners were a lady with severe multiple sclerosis and a physician with a severe disabling disease of the veins in his legs. This petition got on the ballot and it was passed with a small margin in 1998 and became legal in May 1999.

This “dangerous man,” a physician, was one of the first doctors to sign applications for the Oregon state permits. He signed for permit numbers 13 and 14 for a couple in Prineville.

The Oregon Department of Health Services, which oversees the Oregon Medical Marijuana Office, believed there would be about 500 people who would qualify with one of the above diseases and be eligible for the state permit allowing patients to grow and use marijuana.

With 8,000 doctors in Oregon, our “dangerous doctor” assumed that he might end up with maybe 20 or 30 patients from his patient population of about 2,000.

The two Prineville patients told their friends who told their friends and soon he was getting dozens of telephone calls per day from all over the state. (Eventually, from every county.)

In the first year, to May 1st, 2000, about 600 patients signed by 300 doctors were accepted and approved by the state and given permit cards to grow and use marijuana. The “dangerous doctor” signed about half of the applications. This was his only medical practice.

By the next year, 2001, about 1,700 patients had permits and several hundred more doctors joined in, but our “dangerous doctor” still signed about 40% of the applications.

In 2002, there were about 3,000 patients and even hundreds more doctors joined in. By October 2002, 4,162 patients had permits and even more doctors were signing, but our “dangerous doctor” still had about 40% of the patients and at this time he had signed for about 2,500 patients. In total, 950 Oregon doctors had signed applications, usually one or two for Cancer or AIDS patients.

By this time, the success of the Oregon program was getting national and international attention and stories appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, USA Today, and newspapers in Italy, France, Germany, Russia and Japan, and television programs on CNN, Fox News and every TV station in Oregon.

During this time, somebody started forging his name to the application documents for $300 a pop. It was discovered within a few days. The forger had signed seven, or maybe twelve. About four cards had been issued. The State Police confiscated the fraudulent cards. [But I doubt if the patients stopped using their medicine.]

This forgery business produced all of the publicity mentioned above and the implication was that the state Marijuana Office was not verifying the medical conditions. The state office had no medically-trained staff and still does not.

The State Department of Human Services decided to put a physician as Medical Director of the Medical Marijuana Program. He already had a full-time job. The Marijuana Office was getting about 40 applications a day, so reviewing them would take at least half of each day. [I doubt very much if he reviewed any of them.]

The Board of Medical Examiners thrashed in on this presumption; there couldn’t possibly be this many eligible patients. They focused on the seven patients who had fraudulent cards and because his name was on the forged applications, he must be responsible! They wanted his chart notes which obviously he didn’t have as he had not seen these patients. In fact, he had sent his chart notes into the state office as he had no office or secure place to store them from theft. Other clinics had patient lists stolen and many patients were assaulted and robbed.

The Marijuana Office and the Department of Human Services were probably embarrassed by all this foul-up. The Board of Medical Examiners apparently decided they didn’t want Oregon to be known as the "marijuana state" so…"Let’s get this doctor who has signed all of these applications." The original regulations were extremely ambiguous:

475.326 Attending physician; limitation on civil liability and professional discipline. No attending physician may be subjected to civil penalty of discipline by the Board of Medical Examiners for:

(1) Advising a person whom the attending physician has diagnosed as having a debilitating medical condition, or a person who the attending physician knows has been so diagnosed by another physician licensed under ORS chapter 677, about the risks and benefits of medical use of marijuana or that the use of marijuana may mitigate the symptoms or effects of the person’s debilitating medical condition, provided the advice is based on the attending physician’s personal assessment of the person’s medical history and current medical condition; or

(2) Providing the written documentation necessary for issuance of a registry identification card under ORS 475.309, if the documentation is based on the attending physician’s personal assessment of the applicant’s medical history and current medical condition and the physician has discussed the potential risks and benefits of the medical use of marijuana with the applicant. [1999 c.4§9]

The original regulations were extremely ambiguous. He felt the wording attending physician’s personal assessment was key to signing the application and diagnosis by another physician was another acceptable key for signing the applications. He felt that almost all of the acceptable medical conditions required diagnosis by a specialist in that field and that’s how he operated. If fact, if a specialist did the appropriate tests and made the diagnosis, wasn’t this adequate and why charge the patient and send him for a repeat of the same tests and charges when most patients could barely afford the costs of the application and state fees? The regulations seemed clear. The Board of Medical Examiners went right into orbit on that. They promulgated the Leveque Rule with the following requirements, which were promulgated in May 2004:

333-008-0010

Definitions

For the purposes of OAR 333-008-0000 through 333-008-0090, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Attending physician” means a physician who has established a physician/patient relationship with the patient, is licensed under ORS chapter 677, and who, with respect to a patient diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition:

(a) Is primarily responsible for the care and treatment of the patient;

(b) Is primarily responsible for providing medical specialty care and treatment of the patient as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties;

(c) Has been asked to consult and treat the patient by the patient’s primary care physician who is licensed under ORS chapter 677, a Physician Assistant licensed under ORS Chapter 677, or a Nurse Practitioner licensed under ORS Chapter 678; or

(d) Has reviewed a patient’s medical records at the patient’s request, has conducted a thorough physical examination of the patient, has provided or planned follow-up care, and has documented these activities in the patient’s medical record.

The “dangerous doctor” proceeded with the previous requirements of assessment based on previous doctors’ diagnosis, reviewing the patient’s records, a head-to-toe physical examination performed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner (acceptable by the Medical Board), planned follow-up care (the patients were already successfully self-dosing marijuana), and documented these activities in the patient’s records which were sent in to the state Marijuana Office and a copy kept in the patient’s chart. The state Medical Marijuana Office accepted without question at least 4,000, and maybe 6,000, of his applications.

In March 2004, the Board suspended his medical license and in October they revoked it, publishing in The Oregonian and Associated Press that he was “a danger to all of his patients and the public in general.” This latter was really a shock as no patients complained in any way that they had been harmed. In fact, nearly all returned year after year to renew their permit. Six doctors complained he was stealing patients and “doping them up!”

In December 2005, about 14,000 patients had permits signed by 2,000 physicians. Seventy percent of applications were signed by ten physicians and 800 doctors had signed only one application each.

I know all this because I am the “most dangerous doctor” and though I can no longer sign applications, three other doctors are covering for me and signing no less than 10,000 applications per year.

If anybody thinks they can stop medical marijuana use, they are sadly mistaken.

Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman in WWII, Physician and Toxicologist.




Comments Leave a comment on this story.
Name:

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.



Patrick Richmon February 23, 2009 10:26 am (Pacific time)

how did they take away your license complete bss, i use marijuana to treat my asthma as well as to improve my quality of life in general :)


Katherine Oros February 5, 2009 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

If he is so "dangerous", how come he doesn't intimidate and TERRORIZE like our own law enforcement agencies do?


weston mitchell November 29, 2008 2:32 pm (Pacific time)

i use medical marijuana for ptsd, depression, anxiety, nausea, stomach pain due to a forming/formed ulcer, not sure yet, for stress, for the pain i have when i get the flue, for headaches, for any kind of aches. i have been addicted to oxycontin and morphine before and am still weening myself off and have gotten down to a tiny dose of methadone (15mg a day down from 80 in just 3 months). and through all that nothing has ever helped me like marijuana does. i live in texas which will probably be the last state to legalize cannibas, and i am currently suffering the consequences of a suspended drivers liscense and paying fines and have a drug conviction on my record because of my medical use of marijuana. and i am no veteran of vietnam of iraq, i've never been shot at. but traumatic events in my childhood and the trauma of being sent away to a 12 step A.A. concentration camp for 3 years called excel academy in conroe texas, now shut down. i was sent there for using cannibas because i was so depressed and unhappy. i'd been poked and prodded by doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and everyone else you can think of, and they gave me antidepresseants that made me want to kill myself. cannibas has sure never done that to me. and it sure beats the hell out of withdrawl from high powered opioids. it is worth it, and good for you. it's funny how i got as much methadone as i wanted from my doctor simply by telling him i was addicted to oxycontin and morphine. thousands die every year from methadone overdose and as everyone knows no one has died from marijuana. im just sick of the injustice. sick of the lies,and sick of the laws. i urge every human being in the world to continue their use of medical marijuana if it helps them. no matter what the reasons. and hell, if you use alcohol of opiates recreationally, switch to marijuana. it wont kill you and you can learn a lot about yourself. of course these are just the thoughts of a 19 year old texas kid who is misserable to the point he cant eat, sleep, learn. work, or live, and marijuana has helped me. i still have problems and am working to fix them. i take antidepressants that dont work and am prescribed xanax. i urge anyone to smoke instead of taking cannibas. seizures are no fun. god bless. if there is one.


cthings July 26, 2007 6:02 pm (Pacific time)

As a kid I smoked, gave it up in my twenties due to the legal FUD. At 40 I became very ill, lost 95 lbs in 45 days, and felt like I was dieing, turns out I had acute diverticulitis, my colon was rotting from an abscessed infection so I was scheduled for major surgery as soon as possible, and the Dr's whispered to me that to fight the nausea so I could keep from dry heaving (caused major pain and lost consciousness many times), to get some marijuana (in Missouri, they could lose license for this)...it helped save my life as nothing else was helping. I still smoke daily at night, in my home, to fight nausea so I can eat. No cure for me, half my colon has been removed, part of my smaller intestine had to be removed due to the infections of the diverticulitis, yet I can be sent to prison for simply trying to keep my health stable. All this while alcohol and tobacco are sold, legally, things that kill people every few minutes, but this harmless little helper plant still has the feds spreading lies and propaganda about it. Wake up sheeple, the FEDS have been lying about this little plant, do your research on the facts behind the drive to make it illegal. It had nothing to do with what it was or did to you, it was WHO used it and the hemp plants threat to a paper tycoon. It was the MWD/terror threat of it's time...


S.LaMarche; June 11, 2007 8:07 pm (Pacific time)

give 'em hell doc.


Lorenzo Gonzales June 10, 2007 9:47 pm (Pacific time)

I never knew the whole story, now I do. Phillip Leveque was my first Marijuana Doctor, He never hurt me, but he did help me. Thank you for all your efforts. MMJ patient since 2001.


Neal Feldman June 10, 2007 9:24 pm (Pacific time)

What the State did to you was a crime, Doc, and I wish there was a way to take it to court but sovereign immunity and all that rubbish... Marijuana is the best example of how ludicrous the War on (some) Drugs is and why it, like all other forms of Prohibition, have never been anything but unmitigated failures and disasters in practice. As has been said by others the most serious risk using marijuana poses to anyone is to their liberty. The State did not want the medical marijuana initiative to pass. They put massive effort and funding into lies about it, yet to their dismay it passed and remains popularly supported by the public. So they lashed out at a convenient target.... you. Their actions are shameful and in a perfect world would be criminal. To take your livelihood from you because you obeyed the law is not only ludicrous... it is perverse. Welcome to Amerika. Mind the iron gates slamming shut behind you.

[Return to Top]
©2017 Salem-News.com. All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Salem-News.com.


Articles for June 9, 2007 | Articles for June 10, 2007 | Articles for June 11, 2007
The NAACP of the Willamette Valley

Special Section: Truth telling news about marijuana related issues and events.

Steele`s Karate
In Salem
Sign Up Now!


Your customers are looking: Advertise on Salem-News.com!

Fully licensed for Medical and Recreational Cannabis!