Pubdate: Sun, 10 Feb 2008
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Copyright: 2008 The Oregonian
Author: Teresa Keane


I am a health care professional who works in a pain practice. Most 
days I see patients who report the positive effects of marijuana in 
treating their pain and, as important, improving their function and 
quality of life.

There are several strong reasons that the Oregon Legislature and 
Kevin Mannix should leave Oregon's medical marijuana users in peace. 
First and most important, people who have cards are referred to as 
patients, not criminals. A drug-free workplace implies freedom from 
illegal drugs, not therapeutic medicines.

Marijuana eases symptoms. Would co-workers prefer their colleagues to 
be on opiates to ease their pain?

Many pharmaceuticals have a side-effect of sedation. These include 
antidepressants, antihistamines and drugs for allergies, just to name 
a few. People using any of these treatments need to be responsible 
and not operate heavy equipment or endanger themselves and others.

Patients should not be victims of the failed drug war. Leave them alone.

Teresa Keane

Nurse practitioner

Southwest Portland 
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