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Increase In Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Attributed To Increased Safe Access

Oregon medical marijuanaThe Oregon Medical Marijuana Program started in 1998. At first the number of patients in the program was small due to many factors. For starters, there weren’t as many qualifying conditions as there are today. Also, the number of plants a patient/caregiver/grower could have and the amount of dried medicine they could have was much less, providing less benefit to patients compared to today. Another factor was that it was so new, and I remember a lot of people I knew were skeptical of ‘being on a list somewhere.’ All those things have changed, and with dispensaries finally being legalized in Oregon, the number of patients in the program is growing fast. Per Oregon Live:

The number of Oregon medical marijuana patients has risen steadily since the program was approved by voters 16 years ago. Enrollment has seen dramatic annual increases in the past but has leveled off, and even dropped, in recent years. But in the past nine months the number of patients has risen by nearly 15 percent — a spike that medical marijuana advocates attribute to the introduction of legal dispensaries in the state.

“They can walk in with their money and get what they need,” said Sandee Burbank, who owns three medical clinics where people can get marijuana cards, including one in Southeast Portland.

The dispensaries give people an easy alternative to growing their own medical marijuana or having someone grow it for them, she said.

If you get a chance, make sure to read the entire article I took an excerpt from. There’s a lot of interesting stuff. Are you a new patient in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP)? How much of a factor was dispensary access in determining whether you became a patient or not? If Oregon legalizes next month, will you still remain a patient, or will four plants and eight ounces be enough to cover your medical needs (per Oregon Measure 91), compared to 24 plants and 24 ounces as a patient?

  • Christian Olson

    I became a patient this year to deal with chronic issues after all standard medications had failed. It was a massive relief to me. I had thought of trying this before, but the system was too much of a problem. I didn’t know any growers and I didn’t have the time to grow on my own. When dispensaries became a reality, I decided it was time to try MMJ for pain relief. While the initial fees are high, I have found the program to be wonderful. There is great competition for dispensaries and this has resulted in some fine establishments with quality medicine and affordable prices. After seeing what has gone down in WA, I am likely to keep my prescription if legalization happens. My fear is that the medicinal aspect won’t be a priority for recreational stores. Also, I worry that tax schemes and restrictions could cause price and availability issues. Don’t get me wrong, I COMPLETELY support legalization because it is the right thing to do. People reading this blog don’t need me to enumerate the reasons, because anyone who reads up on the topic knows that taxation and regulation are a superior approach to criminalization and an unregulated black market.

    • Bongstar420

      I’ve been looking for patients for months. I can’t grow for them because they don’t respect “growers rights.” They think its proper to claim my work as their property and threaten me with force when I don’t deliver to their expectations because the letter of OMMP law allows for them to do so (not like anyone could actually do it because the court system at least imposes reasonable limitations on patients claims which includes medical necessity considerations). I simply want to provide for medical necessity without reimbursement and earn a living off of the rest through HB 3460. 95% of patients insist they “need” 2oz per month. With my stuff, that is 500-800, 20mg doses of THC. I don’t mind giving it if they actually need it and do not demand it from me, but those amounts are supplying them with recreational and diversion quantities.