Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013

oregon house bill hb 3460 medical marijuana dispensaries ommpOregon House Gives Final Approval to Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana Facilities

I’m encouraging everyone of our readers to donate to Oregonians for Medical Rights, who led the lobbying efforts that resulted in the amazing (and much needed) victory that is described below:

Oregon becomes the 13th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries as the Oregon House today gave final approval of a measure to license and regulate the approximately 200 dispensaries operating in Oregon today.

“This Legislature has stepped up and tackled many difficult issues this session. Our work to regulate dispensaries will provide a framework for a safer system for patients and for our communities,” said State Rep. Peter Buckley, chief sponsor of House Bill 3460.

Approval of the bill is the final accomplishment of a Legislature that passed significant legislation around marijuana reform. Also passed this session were bills to reduce criminal sentences for marijuana possession (SB 40), add PTSD as a condition to the Oregon medical marijuana act (SB 281) and an end to the automatic suspension of the 6-month driver’s license when caught with marijuana (SB 82).

“This legislature took a calm and controlled look at issues related to marijuana and the medical marijuana program and passed a number of very sensible reforms that will save money, improve access to medicine for patients and stop some very wasteful spending on marijuana related investigations and prosecutions,” said Geoff Sugerman, a director with
Oregonians for Medical Rights. “This is by far the most significant and successful session regarding marijuana reform since passage of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act in 1998.”

Now, said Sam Chapman, a director of Oregonians for Medical Rights, dispensaries will operate under a set of rules that are designed to ensure safe access to medicine.

“From requiring testing for pesticides, molds and mildews to security systems and tracking of marijuana that comes in and goes out, these medical marijuana facilities will have to abide by a number of strict rules as we professionalize and improve the program,” said Chapman. “These rules and regulations will also give law enforcement clear directives on what is allowed and not allowed under the program.”

Following passage of the bill, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program will engage in a nine-month process to draft additional rules. By March, 2014 those rules should be complete.

“Between now and then we will be closely following that rule making process and advising facilities how to come into compliance with the regulations outlined in HB 3460,” said Sugerman. “As we move forward, we should do so carefully and always with patient and community safety in mind.”

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  • http://www.radicalruss.com RadicalRuss

    Let’s hope that passage of this bill will factor in to the minds of jurors trying cases where people made good faith efforts to follow a badly-written law by providing safe access to patients.

  • California

    So while all of these states are advancing, California’s dispensary framework is crumbling and patients here are sitting in the dark.

    • Wayne Kerr

      I fear our only hope is full legalization in 2016 thereby making the dispensary question moot. We need to turn our full attention to crafting a bill that allows recreational sales in all jurisdictions with control laying in the hands of the state and not local governing bodies. Only in this way will we avoid the nightmare that the prohibitionist minority has turned MM into. In order for regulated sales to work we need a statewide ordinance local municipalities cannot subvert. We also must ensure off hours use of cannabis cannot be grounds for denial or termination of employment. What I do on my time is none of my employers business as long as I arrive at work on time and sober.

    • William Cravens

      They took it for granted ,and that’s what you get .

    • stellarvoyager

      I hate to say, “I told you so”, but the medical MJ community in California should have supported prop 19 in 2010. Now they are paying the price. Had prop 19 passed, dispensaries in CA would be booming, and not only that, by 2012 we would probably have been looking at legal MJ in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and possibly Maine or Vermont in addition to CA. Hopefully, the voters will make the right call in 2014 or 2016.

  • Wayne Kerr

    From the comments on other articles I’ve read concerning dispensaries I gather my old stomping grounds of Washington County aggressively pursues an anti-dispensary agenda. My understanding is patients living in Beaverton/Hillsboro/Aloha and surrounding areas must go into Portland to get their meds from a dispensary. Does this bill allow for the operation of dispensaries in anti-cannabis jurisdictions or will counties and cities still be able to ban them? Could someone please enlighten me on this point?