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OMMP & Dr. Phil 'Marijuana' Leveque - 5000 Permits and No RejectsDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Right now there are over 30 thousand Medical Card holders, about 8 thousand care givers, and over 3000 doctors in the program.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I had a very intense, controversial relationship with OMMP for five years. Anyone who has searched the web will immediately see what an explosive relationship it was.
I first heard about cannabis/marijuana (C/MJ) about 1928 – 80 years ago - when I was a newspaper boy in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It was a wild cowboy and logger town, and I sold papers in the Red Light district. I was 5–12 years old. The white boys smoked cigarette butts and the Mexican kids smoked “loco weed”. It took me a while to translate loco.
My next exposure was 20 years later at Oregon Medical School where I found a gallon jug of cannabis cough medicine. It had been illegal for 13 years. I still have a pint of it someplace and I started studying the pharmacology of C/MJ. Texts at that time said it was a euphoriant and addicting. I thought most people used drugs for euphoria; like alcohol and tobacco.
I was a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology for over 30 years, and I constantly kept C/MJ Pharmacology in mind.
In 1998, Oregon “legalized” the medical use of C/MJ and listed the 9 conditions for a patient to be eligible. Most folks know this “grocery list” so I won’t repeat it. As a Pharmacologist, I was totally disbelieving of that list until I started seeing patients.
The first Director of OMMP was Kelly Paige who had worked in places where C/MJ was used and she was very knowledgeable about the subject and was invited all over the U.S. to lecture on how to run a marijuana program.
After about a year, someone was forging my name on patient applications. She reported this to the State Police and the incident was widely reported in newspapers and T.V. It was illegal by law to reveal my name but there it was. The entire Oregon Medical Board went into extensive orgasm. Lets get Marijuana Leveque, and they started monitoring me.
The publicity brought me thousands of patients (ca 5000) but it got Kelly Paige removed from the position, although it was she and her clerks who DID find the forgeries.
The OMMP office started out with one person, Kelly Paige. Soon she had two clerks, and now the place has about ten and they are behind in issuing permits by several hundred... and they will never catch up.
Right now there are over 30 thousand Medical Card holders, about 8 thousand caregivers, and over 3000 doctors in the program.
The bigshots overseeing the program “thought” there would be only about 500 eligible patients. Just like I’ve said, Oregon has the most successful medical C/MJ program and the person who is writing this wrote more than 50% of 5000 of the applications. I must have been doing the thing correctly because the OMMP never rejected ANY of my applications.
The OREGON MEDICAL BOARD had published in the Oregonian Newspaper that I was “A DANGER TO ALL MY PATIENTS - AND THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL” and revoked my medical license.
I HOPE I HAVE HURT NO ONE.
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