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Medical Marijuana and the Ignorant, Arrogant Oregon Medical Board

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
In a naked attempt to kill the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act, the Oregon Medical Board made a hero and martyr out of Dr. Phillip Leveque by appearing to be above the law in revoking Leveque's ability to approve applications for medical marijuana cards and fining him $25,000 for allegedly not seeing all cross-state applications in person. Many are quadriplegic.

That requirement was added after the fact, and the Medical Marijuana Act stipulated that doctors could not be prosecuted for expressing their opinion as to whether or not a person had one of nine aliments that might entitle him to obtain a $150 annual medical marijuana card from the state of Oregon.

This card, in bypassing federal law, does not make possession legal but protects the cardholder from prosecution in Oregon.

Yet another state created bureaucracy out of control. The application process shouldn't have been made any more complicated than obtaining a handicapped parking permit. Those who abuse the law are fined, but not those who approved a need for a permit. Doctors do not prescribe or treat patients with marijuana.

The Oregon Medical Board is again saying, patients be damned- we are the law, but in doing so are forgetting the lessons of history by making Leveque a national hero and a martyr, with marijuana patient inquiries from all over the U.S. and the world on Salem-News.com.

Proponents of legal marijuana are clapping their hands in glee over the board's arrogance and public relations ignorance.

Al Hayward, a Chinese trade expert, has lived, worked, and done business in mainland China and other countries for decades, and he is currently working on a 20 billion dollar "City of Tomorrow" project near Macau. Hayward's Portland, Oregon advertising agency helped achieve Oregon's Bottle Bill and was instrumental in the campaign that led to the state's full service gas stations.

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Source: Salem-News.com
Author: Al Hayward
Copyright: 2008 Salem-News.com
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Website: Medical Marijuana and the Ignorant, Arrogant Oregon Medical Board - Salem-News.Com
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