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Medical Marijuana Licensees: Registered Like Sex OffendersDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician Pharmacologist and Toxicologist.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Erin Hildebrandt has written and posted a very true and heart rending personal story of her apprehension about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Law and contrasting it with her previous home, Maryland. (see: View from 'The Group W Bench')
She moved to Oregon to become legal and use the only medicine, cannabis, which gave her relief without miserable adverse effects. She compares it to Woody Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" and a video of the classic song and story is attached to her article.
There are thousands of patients like Erin. I had at least 4,000 of them. The first ones were so paranoid that they looked around the room for microphones and TV cameras and asked, "Where are the cops?"
Most are still apprehensive and wonder if DEA cops are watching the clinics and writing down car license plate numbers. It probably is happening!
The strangest thing of all is that the chief investigator of the Oregon Medical Board was at one time "dumpster diving" at our clinic to get "Evidence for prosecution" of our doctors and the clinic personnel.
Oregon now has about 22,000 licensed patients, 6,000 caregivers and growers, and 3,000 doctors approving the use of medical marijuana.
Erin's article indicates that she is still apprehensive about cops breaking down her front door. This is rational because cops have a history of doing this.
This is a reality. A former director of the OMMA was known to be providing Parole and Probation officers information about patient card holders. She was discovered AFTER she had done that. This is a CRIME but she was only transferred to another state office.
Larry, who left a comment on Erin's article, wrote that the names of licensees was absolutely protected by Oregon state law. This is not true. Police and other legal agencies have access to this information just as the former director's Parole and Probation officers did.
Oregon's MJ cardholders have good reason to be paranoid. Neighbors and personal enemies can still place a medical user, caregiver or grower in legal and physical jeopardy. Even if one is growing legally, they could still be in danger of the cops breaking the door down, handcuffing the patient and or grower and even taking away children.
This is the "Marijuana Gestapo" scotch drinkers and they are active. Patients have every right to be paranoid. It is true some, very few, are breaking the law. In fact all involved in the OMMA are unknowingly breaking some law in some way. First of all it is illegal to have it or use it within 1,000 feet of a school. This excludes almost every legal user. Secondly, if high school students smell the fragrant crop they will break in and steal it, which potentially makes patients into targets.
Let's make medical marijuana legal. The Supreme Court in recent days, stated soundly in Garden Grove v. Superior Court, that federal law does not prevent state and local governments from implementing medical cannabis laws adopted by voters or state legislatures. In short: the group Americans for Safe Access, says federal law does not override state law on medical cannabis.
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