Voters are not convinced of the medicinal values of marijuana. The federal government protects citizens from unsafe, ineffective substances sold as "medicines". The FDA has not approved marijuana as safe.
According to Dr. Robert DuPont, President, Institute for Behavior and Health and first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the governments principal agency researching marijuana, "more people need to see 'medical marijuana' for what it is: a cynical fraud and a cruel hoax. It is not about medicine; it is about the political exploitation of the public's compassion for suffering sick people. Legitimizing smoked marijuana as a "medicine" is a serious threat to the health and safety of all Americans."
Oregon has the fifth highest monthly marijuana use rate among states in the Nation, according to the Federal Government. Defeat this initiative to prevent further drug abuse and associated problems. Enough is enough!! VOTE NO on any legalization of Marijuana.
(This information furnished by Shirley Morgan, Oregon Against Legalization of Marijuana.)
The Oregon Medical Association
Urges a NO vote on Measure 33
The Oregon Medical Association (OMA) representing 7,200 physicians urges voters to vote NO on Measure 33 because it is first a thinly disguised effort to legalize the use of marijuana without any medically scientific justification. It is bad public health policy because:
Ballot Measure 33 is bad public policy because it creates new government bureaucracies such as:
Ballot Measure 33 is a thinly disguised attempt to legalize marijuana because FDA approved medications with the very substance (THC) that is in marijuana already is available to patients. In addition, the measure allows "caregivers" to sell marijuana to "patients". In expanding the use of marijuana for new unspecified purposes, it allows "patients" to possess up to six pounds of marijuana.
The Oregon Medical Association believes the real purpose of Measure 33 is to legalize marijuana under the medically unsubstantiated guise of medical need.
OMA urges you to vote NO on Measure 33
John C. Moorhead, M.D.
Oregon Medical Association
(This information furnished by John C. Moorhead, M.D., President, Oregon Medical Association.)
VOTE NO ON MEASURE 33
The Libertarian Party of Oregon reluctantly urges a NO vote on measure 33. For all the good intentions the measure represents and for all the goals it tries to achieve, Measure 33 falls short of bringing true drug policy reform to Oregon.
There are many good and necessary elements of measure 33 that need to be dealt with, most importantly adding Naturopaths and Nurse Practitioners to the list of health care professionals allowed to recommend cannabis to their patients. But Measure 33 puts government where it doesn't belong, between the health care professional and their patients.
Measure 33's requirement that the medical records of individual patients be kept and maintained is alone enough to reject this measure. It is a violation of patient privacy and personal choice - no place for government to tread.
The Libertarian Party opposes any government program forcing Oregonians to register with the State to gain "special privileges," particularly those that are not applied to all Oregonians equally - whether they are using cannabis for medicinal reasons or not.
The Libertarian Party of Oregon urges Oregonians to elect Libertarians to office so that drug policies can be enacted which will protect society, reduce drug abuse and protect the individual rights of all Oregonians as provided for in our Constitution.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE 33
(This information furnished by Richard P. Burke, Executive Director, Libertarian Party of Oregon.)
I want Oregonians to know the truth about our medical marijuana program and how Measure 33 puts patients in harms way! The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, OMMA, is the best medical marijuana program in the United States. Patients can eat. Patients with Glaucoma have kept their sight. OMMA has meant a better quality of life for both patients and their families.
At first, this program had little help. For the patient that assigned a caring compassionate caregiver, the patient got the help and medicine they needed. Unfortunately, some patients assigned dishonest caregivers that assumed the garden was theirs. Patients were told how much medicine they could have and in some cases at what price. If Measure 33 was to pass, these dishonest practices would become legal.
Measure 33 would change our current "patient based" program to allow non-patients to own and sell marijuana to patients. Law officers would no longer be able to protect OMMA and patients. Today's illegal black-market would become tomorrows dispensaries and be in control of our medical marijuana.
How dare Measure 33 put personal agendas, ahead of the welfare of Oregon's patients endanger our program. This is my medicine! I've spent years helping with the development of Oregon's medical marijuana program. No one has the right to jeopardize our program.
The spirit of, "patients helping each other" has empowered many to do extraordinary thing, including reaching beyond their own sickness to help others. Measure 33 would destroy the heart of OMMA.
Patients grow their medicine and medicate for their needs. We've learned how to cut marijuana plant clones for garden stock, and how to network with other registered cardholders. Caregivers can assist patients, but the plants and medicine always belong to the patients. OMMA has NO BUYING and NO SELLING of marijuana in Oregon.
My goodness, why couldn't they have written a legalization bill that said what it really was, so Oregonians could vote.
Vote No on Measure 33!
(This information furnished by Stormy Ray, Chief Petitioner for Measure 67 that became OMMA.)