Apr 182013
 April 18, 2013

oregon house bill 281 ptsd medical marijuanaIn a big victory for Oregon medical cannabis patients and advocates, the Oregon Senate voted to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).  Adding PTSD as a qualifying condition has been a goal for Oregon advocates for several years, only to be derailed by bureaucratic hurdle after bureaucratic hurdle.  Advocates decided to bypass the bureaucracy and took the issue straight to legislators and common sense and compassion prevailed!  A special thanks to Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon, attorney Leland Berger and Todd Dalotto of CAN! Research, Education and Consulting for their work getting this important measure passed.  Everyone who testified in favor of Senate Bill 281 and contacted their senator should be commended as well.

The Oregonian has the scoop, and I want to highlight the position of Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, who helped beat back the Reefer Madness propaganda spouted by opponents:

One of the doctors in the chamber, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, refuted some lawmakers’ concerns that approving the bill would lead to those suffering from post-traumatic stress to arrive at work stoned or drive impaired.

If used properly, marijuana and other opiates used to treat pain are fully absorbed by pain receptors, she said.

“As a physician, I want to be able to offer the most services to my patients,” she said before voting in support of the bill.

 

I am proud that NCC helped fund raise a bit for this effort and look forward to helping these activists and this bill in the Oregon House.  Hopefully, a majority of Oregon House members will listen to physicians like Sen. Hayward and not be discouraged as Reefer Madness propaganda rears its ugly head.  I, for one, am confident that reason and compassion will prevail once again.

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  • http://twitter.com/raychristlTHC ray christl

    Thank you Leland,Tony and Todd.

  • Gary Russell Deem

    congratulations to all pro- compassionate care Oregonians! You deserve to pat yourselves on the back for having the courage to stand up for the legislation you so conscientiously believed had to be implemented, for the sake of all those, medically entitled, you knew, deserved to benefit! Your friend in California, Gary!

  • http://www.cannadad.blogspot.com/ brandon Krenzler

    This is fantastic News! So many people who suffer from PTSD will now have access to an amazing therapy with out the fear pf persecution from the state.