January 19th, 2011 WW Editorial Staff | Letters to the Editor
 

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Medical Or Recreational?


While I appreciate your article “Weed, the People” [WW, Jan. 12, 2011], it does not fairly represent those of us trying to support the medical marijuana community with access to medicine [and] compliance with the OMMA, but rather focuses on the “recreational” marijuana users who are doing so using medical marijuana as a front. Jenifer Valley and Mike Mullins on the cover may be driving the marijuana marketplace, but perhaps not necessarily the medical marijuana marketplace.

There is a clear distinction between recreational and medical use. One is illegal and detrimental to all patients in the OMMP, the other is allowed by the OMMA, preserving the integrity of the law as written and accepted by Oregon voters. While some registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program may abuse the system and may engage in criminal activity, most are people in need of palliative care doing everything they can to comply with the law while navigating a very difficult supply system to simply access the medicine they are entitled to use.

I would like to invite you to Human Collective for an in-depth look at the real face of medical marijuana supply and the Oregonians who are driving and self-regulating the medical marijuana marketplace. We are a nonprofit organization staffed solely by volunteers who emulate the legal compliance to OMMA and its integrity.

Sarah Bennett
Executive director
Human Collective

Readers Comment On “Weed, the people”


Are you seriously telling me that the woman smoking out of a 6-foot bong is a FOSTER PARENT?! Does anyone in their right (sober) mind think that it’s OK for this woman to get high with all her patient-friends and then go home to provide care to at-risk teenagers? She takes issue with the foster care agency for taking the kids away, but I would take issue if they didn’t! She’s an addict, whether you’re talking about pain pills or marijuana. No more kids for you, lady!” —elbee

“She has gotten off of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that did not do enough for her pain by using this safe organic herb. She is more cognizant and more present for those children on MMJ than she could be on Vicodin. Why should she be punished for choosing a safer medicine? It’s discriminatory.” —gro4me

CORRECTION: Last week’s story, “Roll Call” erred in the percentages of state lawmakers who got their undergraduate degrees from Oregon State University or from a public university in the state other than OSU, PSU or UO. The correct number is 5 percent of state lawmakers got their undergraduate degree from OSU and 9 percent from a state school other than OSU, PSU or UO. WW regrets the error.

 
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