Pubdate: Sat, 09 Feb 2002
Source: Oregonian, The (OR)
Copyright: 2002 The Oregonian
Author: Arthur Livermore
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


When we look at the Oregon medical marijuana program from the patient's 
point of view, what do we see?

People who are suffering from chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea caused by 
chemotherapy, glaucoma and several other disorders included in the Oregon 
Medical Marijuana Act want relief. They want to see if cannabis will help them.

They discuss this with their doctor and he refuses to sign their medical 
marijuana application forms. Why are doctors reluctant to help their 
patients? Are they afraid to recommend cannabis? Are they unsure about the 
medical benefits of cannabis?

For whatever reason, they force their patients to look for another doctor 
who will help them.

Recent articles about Dr. Phillip Leveque ("State will punish doctor over 
pot," Jan. 18) overlook the real problem: Most doctors won't help their 
patients obtain a medical marijuana card. I think it's criminal that 
Oregon's public health office will refuse to help 350 patients who were 
helped by Dr. Leveque.

ARTHUR LIVERMORE, Oregon director

American Alliance for Medical Cannabis

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