New clinic serves Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients.

Smiling Leaves
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(SALEM) – Smiling Leaves Clinic is an OMMP clinic serving the Salem and surrounding areas since November 2012. SLC holds monthly clinic dates for those needing an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) card or needing their card renewed.

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Sandy Poli with the Smiling Leaves Clinic, says one big emphasis with the medical marijuana program in Oregon is helping people free their lives from dangerous addictive prescription drugs.

“No matter if you are new with us or renewing with us, I am committed to helping as many people as possible get OFF of massive amounts of prescriptions and go with a more natural approach,” Poli said. She says it is not hard to understand why some people have big questions about medical marijuana treatment.

“Even personally, when I was first introduced to the OMMP, I was not receptive. I didn’t believe what I was told. After about 2 years and getting up to 33 pills a day…I decided to get healthy again! I started ViSalus to help with my weight, toning up and nutrition and I started on the OMMP to help me with my pains and allow me to get some sleep at night! It has not only changed my life, it has saved my life and given me a life again! I no longer merely exist!!! I LIVE TODAY!!!’

Poli started Smiling Leaves Clinic which actually took the place of Tiff’s (AKA Willamette Valley Compassion Collision).

“I use the same doctor and he is amazing with the patients! Dr Sharma is a very professional and yet casual and easy to talk to as well!”

She says many people are curious about the OMMP, wondering what health conditions are covered.

“The State of Oregon requires that you have been diagnosed with a ‘debilitating medical condition’, and you have been advised by a physician that the use of medical marijuana ‘might mitigate’ the effects of that condition.”

Under the law, ‘debilitating medical condition’ means:

A. Cancer, glaucoma, positive for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or treatment for these conditions.

B. One of these medical conditions: Cachexia, Severe pain, Severe nausea, Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy, or Persistent muscle spasms including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or any other medical conditions or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the Oregon Health Division by rule or approved by the Division.

If you would like to make your OMMP appointment, please feel free to call 503-362-HEMP(4367)! Spaces are always limited and are on a first come, first serve basis! If Sandy is not able to answer the phone, please leave her a message and a return call will be made as soon as possible!

The address where the clinics are held is 241 State St. near “The Nest”, located in the old Salvation Army building. This is one block east of the Riverfront Carousel.
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