Oregon Voters Reframe The War on Drugs

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Oregon is the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs and legalize psychedelic mushrooms for medical treatment in clinical settings.

Seniors In Pain Hop Aboard The Canna-Bus

People over 50, and especially those 65 and older, are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. They find it helpful in easing pain.

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

Experts Divided on Unintended Consequences of Legal Marijuana

One panelist at Thursday’s Oregon Health Forum breakfast expressed deep alarm about addiction and cannabis use, while two others brought more nuanced views and called for better research, noting that legalization of pot is boosting communication with doctors and may provide help for some opioid addicts.

Marijuana legalization is creating a raft of opportunities and challenges for healthcare providers, panelists said Thursday morning at an Oregon Health Forum discussion of the consequences of legal cannabis use.

Recreational Marijuana Boom Leaves Vulnerable Patients Behind

New regulations and procedures in cannabis licensing have slowed patient access to medical marijuana. Meanwhile, profits are prompting medical growers to switch to recreational sales.

Without cannabis oil to treat her rare brain disease, Janice Patten has lost the ability to walk, one of her arms is paralyzed and she can’t see out of one eye.  


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