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Medical Marijuana Q&A: The Doctor is In

Reefer madness is alive and well in America today, and comes face to face with Oregon's most well-known medical marijuana physician in this report as he reveals many untruths still being propagated.

Dr. Phillip Leveque and Bonnie King
Dr. Phillip Leveque and Bonnie King
Photo and video by Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - What exactly is Reefer Madness? Is it a notion, a movie... a propaganda project of the government? The answer would be yes to all of the above.

The movie was bankrolled and produced in the 1930's to convince Americans that using this natural herb was more than dangerous; it made people believe that those who smoke pot turn into ax murderers.

Why the paranoia? The biggest reason is that Dow Chemicals and DuPont had created "synthetic rope" in the 30's and needed to clear the market of the hemp rope, which is also the strongest natural fiber known to man. That strength of the cannabis plant is the reason they make parachute rope out of it.

The marijuana plant allowed George H.W. Bush to bail out of his Navy dive bomber during WWII and survive, thanks to his chute opening and holding fast.

Dr. Phillip Leveque and Bonnie King bring some of this history to life in our latest video segment; and more importantly they discuss how it lingers and still applies today. The stigma of marijuana use being "irresponsible" still influences decisions and improperly directs the sick and ill away from the potential benefits of this plant. It still comes between families and friends, to no avail. Education cures this problem.

As the federal government finally begins to recognize the rights of states when it comes to medical marijuana, Dr. Leveque's humorous and yet serious position is more important than ever.


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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
Order the book by mail by following this link: Dogface Soldier

If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.

Watch for more streaming video question and answer segments about medical marijuana with Bonnie King and Dr. Phil Leveque.

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Phil E. Drifter March 17, 2009 7:54 pm (Pacific time)

Great to see the truth actually being published about this wonderful plant. It's not a war on (some) drugs, it's a war on minorities who used these *naturally growing* substances instead of the white man's alcohol AFTER the north won the Civil war and outlawed slavery. Now prison labor = slave labor. Read and for more info, and if you have some money, order a copy of "The Marijuana Conviction" from

Johnny Love March 17, 2009 8:08 am (Pacific time)

It is really wonderful to see that the Salem-News is educating readers. It is also important to let readers know that there is a Medical Marijuana Bill in the NH House - HB 648 . All readers should contact their NH House Representatives and ask them to support the HB-648 bill. For more information go to to send out a letter or email to those in government that we as a people elected to ask them to support the bill. Thank you all. Johnny Love Nottingham, NH

Cassidy March 14, 2009 11:13 pm (Pacific time)

Most of the studies that they release statistics on how much marijuana was smoked during these tests have these people smoking 30-50 "marijuana cigarettes" (joints) per day. The effects of these studies are then portrayed as effects from smoking a little bit of it.

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