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Marijuana in Oregon: 300,000 Users, New Restrictions will Increase UseDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
In Oregon we will approach 100,000 legal cardholders within about two years.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - My text comes partially from the Oregonian editorial June 11, 2011 Re Marijuana: “Seeing Through the Smoke” which again impugns or questions the efficacy of Medical Marijuana. It also seems to hail a U.S. Attorney in Portland for his “knowledge” of Marijuana as medicine in Oregon. He is funny/strange in his lack of knowledge. Both he and the Oregonian made many errors of fact and innuendo.
First of all they have few and mostly meaningless clues about Marijuana dispensaries. Oregon has about 35,000 or so Medical Cardholders and Caregiver Cardholders. All can grow and carry Marijuana. Friend-to-friend exchanges are the rule and cash is frequently exchanged (it costs money to grow Pot). Clubs are the users answer to the foolishly ambiguous laws. Even Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Shrunk says so!
Marijuana use is medical for many adults and there are a handful of minors who benefit from its use as well. For some it is like coffee, a mild medical stimulant or wine, a mild medical tranquilizer.
Many teenagers have access to Marijuana. I’m taking as my text Parade Magazine June 12, 2011 Re: The Underage Drinking Epidemic in which they point out that by 12th grade 41% of students have used alcohol in the past 30 days. In college 72% have used. It is known that Marijuana is about as easy to acquire as alcohol. Almost none of these are Marijuana Cardholders, so the target must be the very sick Medical Cardholders.
Oregon Partnership found that 35 to 46% of High Schoolers “knew” someone with a card. Children under 18 can get a card only through their parents. Maybe 100 children have such cards.
About the 300,000 Marijuana users, this is a U.S. Government figure.
In Oregon we will approach 100,000 legal cardholders within about two years. There are also about 560,000 school students in Oregon. At least about 10% use Marijuana when they want to or can. That is 56,000 of the users. Again, almost none have cards. The U.S. Attorney should ask his college children what percent are smoking. Even TIME Magazine June 20, 2011, page 11, points out that Marijuana use has increased 8.5% between 1998 and 2008.
NEITHER THE ATTORNEYS NOR THE LEGISLATURE CAN SLOW THE USE OF THIS MEDICINE!!!
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