Apr 292015
 April 29, 2015

oregon medical marijuana sb 844Three times this week I posted an article urging people to contact their Oregon Senators about SB 844, provisions of which would drastically change the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in bad ways. Despite a lot of calls and e-mails from constituents, it sounds like Senators are likely to move forward on the bill. Below is a call to action that I received from an amazing activists, Lori Duckworth. If you live in Oregon, you need to participate:

Update from the meeting yesterday. TOMORROW SB 844 Dash 6 WILL BE PASSED!!
Here’s what what we CAN DO TODAY!! RIGHT NOW TODAY!! EMAIL OUR SENATORS & REPS TODAY!! DETAILS OF THE Amendment that we don’t agree with & feel is irresponsible & irresponsible. We owe it to our elders of this program too continue to fight for them & every patients & POW, like myself & my husband & our good friends, that laid the path to the wide open market you all will enjoy & profit from in the years too come.‪#‎WALKtheTALKofLOVE‬ ‪#‎JimStrong‬ ‪#‎PATIENTSmatterSAVEtheOMMP‬

The Measure 91 Committee heard from hundreds of patients and advocates, but still seem adamant about passing The Dash 6 Amendments to Senate Bill 844. Some of the more troubling provisions of the proposal:

Starting on March 1, 2016, grow sites in residential areas will only be able to grow for 2 patients maximum (12 plants); non-residential locations will only be able to grow for 8 total (48 plants).
Growers will be subjected to a fee and inspections (even for personal grows)
Growers will have to report monthly to the state and keep records up to 7 years.
Any violation of the rules allows OHA to contact law enforcement.

Please send emails to the Measure 91 Committee immediately and then follow up with phone calls on Tuesday or Wednesday and let them know that they should vote “NO” on the Senate Bill “Dash 6″ amendments.

HERE ARE THE MAIN ISSUES WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:

CALL TO ACTION:

IMPORTANT ACTION #1: Please email the Measure 91 Committee immediately and state a specific change, please choose something below or create something similar:
“Please don’t limit patients grow sites. While some growers and patients will be grandfathered in, good growers won’t be able to pick up additional patients and some patients will lose their growers and their supply of medicine.”

“While I would prefer that you don’t limit patient gardens, if that is inevitable, please delay the implementation of these limits. The prohibition on growing more than 96 plants can wait until after the 2017 legislative session and 48 plants after the 2019 session. Please let the Measure 91 system get implemented before making major changes to the medical program.”

“Registration fees, monthly reporting and the requirement that growers keep records for 7 years will prove too burdensome for many growers who will stop growing for patients and could decide to turn to the black market.”

“While I would rather you vote NO on the Dash 6 Amendments, if it is going to pass, at least change Section 5(9) on page 22 that seems to allow the inspection of all grow sites, including home gardens that aren’t selling any marijuana.

“Please make sure that patients are able to be their own grower, regardless of how long they have lived in the state. Section 5(2)(a)(b) on page 20 seems to put into place a 4-year residency requirement for registered growers, even if they are a patient themselves.”

“Allowing the OHA to call the police for potentially routine violations during inspections could deter many growers from staying licensed. Please remove the inspection of medical gardens and the ability of OHA to notify law enforcement.”

sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us,
Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us,
Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us,
Rep.AndyOlson@state.or.us,
rep.carlwilson@state.or.us,
sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us,
Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us,
Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us,
rep.kenhelm@state.or.us,
rep.annlininger@state.or.us

IMPORTANT ACTION #2: Make calls on Tuesday or Wednesday before 4pm and state what you emailed or you can pick a different policy change request.

Sen. Ginny Burdick: 503-986-1718
Rep. Peter Buckley: 503-986-1405
Sen. Floyd Prozanski: 503-986-1704
Rep. Ken Helm: 503-986-1434
Sen. Jeff Kruse: 503-986-1701
Sen. Ted Ferrioli: 503-986-1950
Sen. Lee Beyer: 503-986-1706
Rep. Ann Lininger: 503-986-1438
Rep. Carl Wilson: 503-986-1403
Rep. Andy Olson: 503-986-1415

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  45 Responses to “Harmful Oregon Medical Marijuana Bill Expected To Pass Today”

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    Their timing is oddly coincidental. Right in the very middle of this years preparations and I’m so busy I hardly have time to eat. I want to know who voted and how they voted for this an affront to the 56% who voted to leave OMMP alone. It’s hard enough to meet the demands of growing medical grade cannabis without the “War on Drugs” crowd manipulating our health related decisions. They’ve done their level best to suppress safe access and if this passes, it’s war.

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      I see it as revenge on the cannabis community for passing measure 91. The legislature had the opportunity to pass recreational in 2013 and they balked, so the voters passed it instead. Now they’re pissed that the voters essentially did an end-run around the legislature. Hence the result we see now. They could have worked with us and passed something in 2013, or even referred a measure to the 2014 ballot for the voters to decide, but they did neither. Instead they chose to be sore losers, resulting in the current situation.

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        So you admit that the cannabis community is fundamentally perpetuated by the unregulated medical grows?

        If not, why would it be revenge at all to make sure all the medical grows are 100% medical?

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          Posted a thread about this in the forum for the Oregon Medical Marijuana community a long while back encouraging others to vote 91 down. As patients we had a good system that worked for us. I grow for myself and 2 people who have conditions that make this medicine a necessity for them. This is greed of the state and greed for control.

          As stated in the post even the medical community scoffed and said let it all fall where it may. They thought voting in recreational was a victory. Now if you look at the posts they are scrambling and worried as we are.

          You can try to talk sense to people but the reality is most the general populous who has the voting power really isnt informed enough.

          I warned that the same thing would happen that happened in washington. In fact it was the same group. But they said the law was adequate and protected us.

          Now we ruined what was really the state with the best medical laws.

          People need to be educated before voting and not just following crowds snd screaming battle cries.

          Good luck to us all.

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            “We” haven’t “ruined” anything, asshat. The people voting for measure 91 read ballot language that three times exclaimed it’s protection of the OMMA. Legislators could have made these changes long ago should they have had the desire, they just chose to do it now as punishment. Place the blame where it belongs; with appointed officials that ignore the will of their constituents.

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            LOL…like most people want unregulated, untaxed drug production.

            I think your projecting here..just because you thought that way doesn’t mean average voters did.

            Did you consider that the most vocal people are actually the minority?

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            Like i said…uneducated people making choices. Thank you for proving my point.

            Recreational is not the problem. A poorly and inadequately written law that does not sufficiently protect the medical system.

            Best of luck to all.

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            This is a news article which resulted from the M91 mandate to make sure that the black market is not a substantial aspect of cannabis economy.

            SECTION 1 (2)
            (a)Prevent revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs,and cartels;
            (c) Prevent the diversion of marijuana from this state to other states;
            (d) Prevent marijuana activity that is legal under state law from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity

            SECTION 9. Powers and duties of Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Health Authority shall assist and cooperate with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the State Department of Agriculture to the extent necessary for the commission and the department
            to carry out the duties of the commission and the department under sections 3 to 70 of this Act

            SECTION 11. Powers; licenses; federal law. (1) Neither the Oreg
            on Liquor Control Commission, the State Department of Agriculture, nor the Oregon Health Authority may refuse to perform any duty under sections 3 to 70 of this Act on the basis that manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using marijuana is prohibited by federal law.

            Tax and regulatory evasion is a criminal enterprise. It is illegal for OMMP people to give to non-OMMP people or profit from cannabis other than through legal dispensaries. OMMP, as of current, cannot be searched without a warrant. That makes most OMMP gardens completely black with respect to making sure they actually follow the rules. How would a warrant be issued if non of your “buddies” rate you out for “helping” them get off?

            Your correct though- OMMP was very poorly written to the point where an actually 100% legal OMMP grower isn’t even a possibility…but one that says they are and isn’t well, thats highly likely.

            475.304 Marijuana
            grow site registration system; rules; fee.

            (5) All usable marijuana, plants, seedlings and seeds associated with the
            production of marijuana for a registry identification cardholder by a person
            responsible for a marijuana grow site are the property of the registry
            identification cardholder and must be provided to the registry identification
            cardholder, or, if the marijuana is usable marijuana or an immature marijuana
            plant, transferred to a medical marijuana facility registered under ORS

            (7) A registry identification cardholder or the designated primary caregiver of
            the cardholder may reimburse the person responsible for a marijuana grow site for the costs of supplies and utilities associated with the production of
            marijuana for the registry identification cardholder. No other costs associated
            with the production of marijuana for the registry identification cardholder,
            including the cost of labor, may be reimbursed.

            475.306 Medical use of marijuana; rules. (1) A person
            who possesses a registry identification card issued pursuant to ORS 475.309 may engage in, and a designated primary caregiver of such a person may assist in, the medical use of marijuana only as justified to mitigate the symptoms or effects of the person’s debilitating medical condition.

            There should be only a medical grower’s license and only the most qualified people should be producing it. The growers should own their own materials and should sell only to distributors who offer deliver services to the distant or incapacitated. This goes without saying, patients need to keep it 100 when consuming only “medical necessity.” As long as tax evasion and regulatory evasion is popular amongst the cannabis community, garden’s will have to be inspected. People just cannot resist a cheat they could never be convicted for that seems innocuous from their perspectives.

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            LOL..you got it backwards. OMMP was poorly and inadequately written.

            475.304 Marijuana
            grow site registration system; rules; fee.

            (5) All usable marijuana, plants, seedlings and seeds associated with the
            production of marijuana for a registry identification cardholder by a person
            responsible for a marijuana grow site are the property of the registry
            identification cardholder and must be provided to the registry identification
            cardholder, or, if the marijuana is usable marijuana or an immature marijuana
            plant, transferred to a medical marijuana facility registered under ORS

            (7) A registry identification cardholder or the designated primary caregiver of
            the cardholder may reimburse the person responsible for a marijuana grow site for the costs of supplies and utilities associated with the production of
            marijuana for the registry identification cardholder. No other costs associated
            with the production of marijuana for the registry identification cardholder,
            including the cost of labor, may be reimbursed.

            475.306 Medical use of marijuana; rules. (1) A person
            who possesses a registry identification card issued pursuant to ORS 475.309 may engage in, and a designated primary caregiver of such a person may assist in, the medical use of marijuana only as justified to mitigate the symptoms or effects of the person’s debilitating medical condition.

            These are not rules for an industry to operate by and are not rules humans would in fact be compliant with most of the time..not imposing high requirements on producers lowers quality and increases cheating.

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            bongstar, do you ever have anything positive to say?

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            Can you keep it 100?

            You can call it positive or negative…I call it honest

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            Truth is truth…Can you keep it 100?

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          To ignore the will of the voters after they have spoken, and well after they had the chance to refer a measure themselves? Seems a bit vengeful to me, if not at the very least overstepping.

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          Re-read my post. I admitted no such thing. What I said was that the legislature had the opportunity to weigh in on this matter in 2013 and 2014, and chose not to. In doing so, they chose to forfeit any say in the crafting of measure 91.

          But they actually already did weigh in on medical in 2013 when they passed the dispensary legislation. That was supposed to address the issue of “unregulated medical grows.” Remember? So now that measure 91 passed and they dislike the result, they feel the need to re-write the legislation they themselves just passed in 2013? Because they got the regulations wrong the first time? So don’t pretend that this is about regulating medical grows. It’s vindictive, plain and simple.

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            RA’men to that

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            It didn’t all it did was give patient’s the option to legally compensate their growers by selling their excess and letting the grower keep the dividend.

            The legislator knew legalization was on the way. The establishment has known this for years and it is planned for.

            Actually, the motivation is to keep M91 viable by not offending the Feds requirements to keep diversions down. The Feds will bust our people if the State does not commit due diligence to stop diversions. Allowing thousands of people to produce far in excess of “medical necessity” with no one watching them is not due diligence.

            Again, ending unregulated, untaxed production and distribution is revenge or not?

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      M91 was not a law protecting the backward nature of OMMP..thats disingenuous for you to characterize it that way.

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        You’re full of it. Three different times in 91 it was clearly stated that they will not affect the OMMP.

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          Cite the section mandating OMMP not be changed.

          That is no where near the same as saying that M91 doesn’t affect OMMP..It wouldn’t unless a change had been made. Yes, I am fully aware of multiple provisions stating “non-effect.” The problem is not the provisions, but how the average person (you people) understands their meaning.

          See what you want to see I guess.

          Finally, these changes only effect grows pulling more 200-400lbs per year and small growers who think being expected to show evidence that they are not cheaters is “evil”

          If you know anyone who will suffer lack of “medicine” as a result of these provisions, you are welcome to reference them to me. I am giving 2oz per month per patient and with these rules could supply for several dozen patients. I have actually asked for inspections in the past only to be told that inspections only happen as a function of a served warrant in an ongoing investigation.

          I’ve got +20% THC, +10%THC/+10% CBD, and +20% CBD stuff

          SECTION 1 (2).
          (a) Prevent the distribution of marijuana to persons under 21 years of age;
          (b) Prevent revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;
          (c) Prevent the diversion of marijuana from this state to other states;
          (d) Prevent marijuana activity that is legal under state law from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
          SECTION 7
          (e) To adopt such regulations as are necessary and feasible for carrying out the intent and provisions of sections 3 to 70 of this Act and to amend or repeal such regulations. When such regulations are adopted they shall have the full force and effect of law.
          SECTION 9. Powers and duties of Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Health Authority shall assist and cooperate with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the State Department of Agriculture to the extent necessary for the commission and the department to carry out the duties of the commission and the department under sections 3 to 70 of this
          Act.

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        Yeah, you obviously failed to read the actual measure.

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          Nope..Read it a dozen times..I a felon who wants to grow, its actually quite important to me. I even have a degree in horticulture in addition to my 10 years managing OMMP growers (obviously there is some time where I couldn’t possible hold a growers card, so I became “employed” by people with growers cards). I’m still “employed” and will be eligible for licensing come July.

          Anyways, I couldn’t find it. You are welcome to show it to us:

          http://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Documents/Measure91.pdf

  2.  

    Washington and Oregon Medical programs are under attack, What the hell is happening.

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    They just created a larger black market.. good job idiots.

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      So thousands of unchecked gardens pushing 5-10kw are not the black market…OK

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        Majority of black market is outdoor. Then some garbage indoor who can’t get rid of it to dispensaries. If it’s quality it goes fine at dispensaries.. greedy people won’t take the price offered (thanks Outdoor garbage) cause the prices suck. the majority of dispensaries have ok pot… some have good meds.. most don’t. They won’t pay for the super high quality meds because people are just fine with mid grade meds. anyways if there was a price point at abcd quality and this much for abcd quality meds… Then there’s an outlet and motivation to produce higher quality meds. There’s no outlet for garbage… Unless they turn it to oil.. lol.

        Bongstar420.. I said a larger black market.. not that one didn’t exist already.

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          You give legal cover to unqualified people…you get what you described as a consequence…Expose the program to the light of day, and only legitimate producers that can make it will..

          Mids don’t need to be black marketed..its just that OMMP is about 10% of the consumers with about 50-70% of the production. They give us about $2-2.3k per lb for the best..lower quality strains yield double and could effectively be sold for $1.2k. By lower quality, I mean lower cannabinoids and terpenes. Thats indoors.

          Basically, people don’t want to pay objective prices. If they are paying $150/oz for 12% THC, they will refuse to pay $310/oz for 25% THC even though it is the same exact value (better if you don’t have an addiction to the act of smoking). Personally, I wouldn’t buy 12%THC anything.

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    Johnny Green keep fighting the good fight Doc…

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    The only solution I see to this situation is to re-pass the OMMA in its current form as a constitutional amendment, via a ballot measure. The same should be done for measure 91, although that would probably be a heavier lift. This is the only solution that will keep these programs safe from political meddling from hostile legislators. That and vote against the legislators who are behind this.

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    As a last resort, holding recall elections is another option. But that is expensive and risky, and could backfire if it fails. For example, I believe that Sen. Ginny Burdick, who is spearheading these measures, is from Portland. Portland voters overwhelmingly support the OMMA in its current form. She could be targeted for a recall, for example, if the political support is there. Others could be named as well. Persuasion and negotiation are preferable to confrontation, but when persuasion and negotiation fail, what other recourse is left to get these legislators to respect the wishes of their constituents (aka, their bosses), but to fire them for insubordination?

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      Ginny Burdick is from SW, and only represents conservatives who masquerade as liberals. The worst people possible for this committee, are all on this committee.

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    I believe you can thank the busts of Paul Stanford, and the lady in Grants Pass that worked for THCF in the past and for all the black market southern OD Oregon growers exporting product out of state for the current atmosphere. What’s happened is now they just don’t believe a person needs that much extra as they’ve seen so much being sold black market under the guise of medical. Why CO just changed their caregiver laws, I believe, to eliminate problems; like the multi patient caregiver that if he lived in OR, could run around with X lbs in car and be a delivery service, hypothetically. Oregon’s movement shifted from compassion to greed a few yrs back, that’s why Anthony Johnson is a big money consultant now for legalization and not for OGF anymore, lol. When even the compassion groups are selling out the back door, its gonna get found out and dealt with and this is what an end result of that is. Live with it, it is a direct result of the abuse of the med system. Careful what you wish for, legalization folks. You better get medical first, then see what happens. IMO

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    SB 844 -6 with the -7 amendments is not as bad as some have said. See my comments to the article about Buckley on this site.

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    I think a ballot measure to end the practice of passing amendments to unrelated bills, in order to railroad legislation without public input should also be considered in the future. I realize that this is not an answer to what is going on with the OMMP program, but I got a big eye opener in the fact that it was actually legal to pass laws in this format.

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    as always the government has to make lots of rules and laws to make us safer.

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    I wonder if our for fathers of our country ever planned for our people to vote on one thing. Then to have our government completely change it around to suit their needs. Better for than the people that voted. I know for a fact that is not what they had planned. Your job is to uphold the will of the people. Not to do things to suit your own motives to control a new market. That is what is wrong with this country.Greed. I understand that you see that there is a blackmarket. With slippage from the medical marijuana program. Possibly. I wouldn’t know im not a medical grower, card holder patient or whatever. I saw this story on the news. BUT what I am in an american!!!! To see the people of our country/state to vote on one measure to only completely change right after is sickening!!! Your jobs is told up hold the will of the people. I know I said this all ready. It needed to be said again. Not to change it to suit your own needs to completely control a new market. If the marijuana is making its way onto the blackmarket. That is the police’s job the handle that end of it. When american’s have more and more of their rights stripped away in an unfair manner. And really after voting on something. They begin to distrust their government. Which is not what we need is this country. We need to be fair to one another and band together. We are going through hard times. We do not need division. So when you are in your sessions this week and when ever. Think of what our country used to be. What it’s supposed to be. What it could be again. With proper choices in fairness to others in what they voted on. Remember the oath you first took when sworn in. What it means. What it stands for who wrote it and why. Take money out of this whole issue, and think about people. The will of the people. Because that is what your job surely is. I know anyone a true american will do the right thing, and if in your position and fails to do the right thing than they are not..

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    The governor receives more income from taxes on Ethanol (alcohol) a toxic, thalidomide that deforms our unborn. We are educated by reading (online) about what happened in 1933 when the Federal Government outlawed all drugs except alcohol and it has been the way Washington makes decisions for 81 years. Self Interest. Maybe we are too dependent on this income for it to fail? If true–at least demand there be truth on the labels of a product “AMERICA WAS BUILT ON”. What is in it that HARMS” our babies from the Womb to the Tomb”?

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    I’m not sure why if your a resident of Oregon this matter doesn’t alarm you it’s just another back door way for the bureaucrats to try and keep some type of strong hold by discreetly applying these provisions so hat they can have the ability to apply pressure to anyone at any given time. It opens up and makes patients and growers lives difficult in ways unforeseen.

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    Hey John How goes it?
    I’ve been hearing about this pile of shit going on in Salem over 91 all spring. WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT! EVERY SINGLE OG OR GROWER THAT I KNOW HAS SEEN THIS SAME HELL FOR DECADES.
    If they REALLY think that my people are going to listen to or follow their new crock of shit rules….$^^%^(*_)(%### MY DYING ASS.
    Having grown up here in the NW (No.Ca. – So.Or.) back in the 70’s, this is just one part of my families culture. They will NEVER get it, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY!!! FOR MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT I KNOW THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ***A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE***
    Right is right and wrong is wrong!
    Go ahead and let em make their NEW RULES! We have NEVER followed them anyway!!!!! LOL!!!!!

    If there is anything else that we can do………say the word!

    Find us at Oregon Country Fair

    Peace

  15.  

    People should be talking about repealing 91 instead of tweeting it . It is obvious that the Oregon government is going against what voters voted for … The immediate attacks on the OMMP were not voted for , as a matter of fact 56% of the voters voted against changing the OMMP .. Hmmm …. I smell money …. Haha . Once I found out you got you tip from a poser you lost me ….

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