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Oregon Senate Committee Approves Harmful Medical Marijuana Bill

oregon medical marijuana senate bill 964The Oregon Senate Special Committee on Implementing Measure 91 voted tonight on Senate Bill 964. The bill was approved unanimously and sent to the Senate for a full vote. The bill will make huge changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) if it becomes law. Among some of the scarier language in the bill:

  • Section 6 states that all medical marijuana growers have to submit a report monthly to the Oregon Health Authority which states the “number of mature and immature marijuana plants, the amount of marijuana leaves and flowers being dried, and the amount of usable marijuana, in the person’s possession” as well as ” the number of mature and mature marijuana plants, and the amount of usable marijuana, that the person transfers to each registry identification cardholder for whom the person produces marijuana.” The report also has to contain the ” amount of usable marijuana that the person transfers to each marijuana processing site: and…to each medical marijuana dispensary.”
  • Section 7 deals with new grow site limits. The section states that if a grow site is located within city limits, there is a cap of 12 mature plants maximum, regardless of how many patients have registered there. If the grow site was registered prior to January 1, 2015, it can be grandfathered in, but not to “exceed 24 mature marijuana plants.” The cap on new gardens that are located outside of city limits would be at 48 mature plants, regardless of the amount of patients registered at the address. If the grow site was registered prior to January 1, 2015, it can be grandfathered in, but not to “exceed 96 mature plants.”
  • Section 70 states, “the governing body of a city or county may adopt ordinances that prohibit the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries or marijuana processing sites in the area subject to the jurisdiction of the city or county.”

The committee is supposed to be working on making rules related to Oregon Measure 91, but instead has spent most of its time trying to attack the OMMP. Oregon voters approved Oregon Measure 91 which stated no less than three times that the OMMP should remain the same, regardless of what rules were made for recreational marijuana. The fact that five Oregon politicians today voted to go against the will of the voters doesn’t sit well with Measure 91’s Chief Petitioner, Anthony Johnson. Per KOIN 6:

“It’s important to have the will of the voters implemented,” Johnson said. ”There is some frustration and I wish the legislature would have tackled some of the basics. This will only exacerbate the black market and really hurt patients who depend upon safe access through state-regulated facilities.”

If you haven’t contacted your Oregon Senator, now is the time to do so. If you have already contacted your Oregon Senator, contact them again. You can find out who your Senator is at this link here. This bill is a direct attack on the OMMP. I have to assume that if it passes and becomes law, the sponsors of the bill (Senator Burdick and Senator Kruse) will face some tough opposition in their next re-election bid. I would also assume that the Oregon medical marijuana community would hopefully unite and push for a referendum initiative.

  • Robert Kinder

    More tyranny from government hell bent on regulating everything. The voice of the voters ignored again.

    • But voters on the left generally favor the regulators. On the right less so. And the Government of Oregon is generally – Democrat. You are getting what you voted for.

      Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

      • Austin Konrad

        [But voters on the left generally favor the regulators. On the right less
        so. And the Government of Oregon is generally – Democrat. You are
        getting what you voted for.] Every single Republican voted for the new regulations on OMMP, only three dems did. Your right, the people who vote republican are getting what they voted for.

        • True. When it comes to cannabis the left AND the right are together in suppressing the people. But as a general rule Republicans like less regulation. So at least they can be hit for being inconsistient.

  • Jim stimpfle

    To bad states that grew tobacco like Virginia, the Carolinas, etc. didn’t have these Oregonian legislators. They could have crushed the slavery market as well with a 12 plant limit. Well people may died from nicotine but at least their not breaking any regs.

    • Bongstar420

      (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

      Ya…not like slavery at all

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        Can you imagine these legislative POS regulating the growth of cherries or apples like this.

  • michael keerins

    the fact the poor are not allowed to participate in growing pot for money, calling it black market, instead we cant tax it, is enough to raise some hell… this is only a hit on the poor.they are not understanding they are messing with, things against the poor, they are creating the black market with this change..sooner or later the people will simply see…they are creating a ugly atmosphere…i feel it others are getting tired also.. why shouldnt i be able to sell my pot?

    • Bongstar420

      I’m poor…not in the black market either.. My income was less than $15k last year, and I have substantial student debt for my degree in Horticulture (yes, growers should have qualifications like that).

      My primary barrier is prices and too much low quality product being pushed by desperate people who lack real dedication or integrity.

      • You support laws and regulations which raise prices and support the Black Market. And then complain about the high prices and Black Market.

        You might want to take some economics classes.

        Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

        He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

        No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

        • goldnlead2

          lets call it: decriminalization, NOT regulation!

    • Jetdoc

      EXACTLY! The rich get richer, off of the backs of the poor! Every drug law this country has is there to control the behavior of the poor. But the wealthy get to grow it and SELL it TO the poor! While the poor and uneducated will STILL go to jail for doing the same thing the wealthy guy gets to do, without recourse! I think I’ve got that right now?

      • Ted Mishler

        You sound right, but somehow, i hope you aren’t, for all our sakes.

        Maybe, I know, maybe the true indication of poor and wealthy, is to guage the contentment, and happiness people who use cannabis have. Seems to me the true wealthy are the ones who, with cannabis, and cannabis alone, are happy, and content. Now i know that over simplifies real life in a way though, or maybe i am just wrong?
        If we are truly to be treated as slaves, then i believe we all need to stop it some how

  • Perle

    What is a mature plant?…hopefully not this flawed 12×12 dimension that nobody adheres to. Clearly science and normal horticulture practices need to prevail over this continuing legislative ignorance .

    • Bongstar420

      Mature plants have flowers on them…the eliminated the size distinction.

      Now you get unlimited size veg plants as “immature” which is way better than the old rule

  • Jetdoc

    What they’re doing is guaranteeing that a black market thrives. Nobody’s gonna comply with that bullshit! Especially these boutique growers.

    Secondly, if this committee was CREATED through Measure 91, wouldn’t the “scope of the committee’s authority”, already be laid out BY the Measure? There SHOULD be limitations and boundaries of which the committee has NO authority over. I’d think they’re spelled out in Measure 91.

    If the committee or the Govt deviate from the initiatives wording, I obviously see a lawsuit! It’s just SAD that you’ve got to SUE those who are sent there to protect citizens rights. In order to obtain said rights.

    The initiative itself, spelled out how people wanted Measure 91 to work, didn’t it? It said IN the Initiative in NUMEROUS areas (IIRC, in 6 different places) the OMMP would in no way be affected by passage of this initiative.

    I guess my question is… What authority are they using in order to change the OMMP?

    • Bongstar420

      But now black market growers won’t have an easy time hiding behind OMMP warrant requirements..now they are required to show they are honest instead of only being required to do so under a court ordered warrant.

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        A real black market grower doesn’t register with the state. They the lawyers and politicians are doing their best to keep the black market intact along with the police-prison big pharma industrial complex. Back to the bad old days.
        Ed Rosenthal has it right. Legalize on the tomato model and get the criminals out of the mix.Especially the lawyers and politicians !

        • I have been saying tomato here for quite some time. I favor tomato.

          Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

          He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

          No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

  • moldy

    Wow! I think these legislators forgot the power of the vote. You can piss off a minority of voters all the time but it’s not wise to go against a majority. Sounds like there some “other” force$ at work here.

  • thur420

    Section 14 line 1 states that if the grow is within city limits in a residential zone then you can only have 12 plants. So if you are zoned commercial in the city does that mean you grow only 48 now?

    • Bongstar420

      There are residential zones outside of city limits? I thought it was all mixed use ag stuff.

      • thur420

        What? I live in a small city where my house is zoned commercial because its old and the city wants a businesses to be built in the neighborhood if someone bought the property. This article i believe is wrong. what i am asking Because if you read Senate bill 964 section 14 line 1 states if your are zoned residential within city limits you can only grow 12 plants. So if i am zoned commercial within city limits does that mean i can grow 48 plants? Read the bill and get back to me with your opinion brudda

  • Bongstar420

    OMG…I’m gonna have to keep records and show that I am at least minimally accurate…and I will only be able to harvest 12lbs a month. For shame

    I just don’t see how I can muster it

    • Mike Johnson

      Your sour grapes are showing!

      • Bongstar420

        Those are real numbers…the people whining about the burden of these regs are the ones showing their “sour grapes”

        As a business opportunity, I am happy with them. I am still afforded more opportunity than being employed by current growers who hate taxes and regs.

        • Manny Stockton

          I hate taxes and regs as well. O have personally seen how their “fixes” work in the “regualted” tattoo industry. Supposed to be RANDOM yearly inspections, to “protect public health”. Now there are NO inspections unless there is a complaint. How the fuck is that protecting public health? And that is just 1 of MANY examples in just my industry. FUCK THEM AND THEIR TAXES AND REGULATIONS! Bunch fuckin rule-mongers.

    • zarnon

      Monthly harvest…. what a dumbass. You know nothing about growing.

  • invisible man

    The future belongs to those who control the cannabis & hemp industries.

    • Bongstar420

      LOL..

      So the genetic engineers and neurochemists that make drug use irrelevant have nothing to bear on this eh?

      After all, getting high is just flipping a switch in your brain. Its only a matter of time for an electronic switch is invented and installed for pleasure on demand.

  • briteleaf

    “There will be no changes to the OMMP” This is what Oregonians were told when we voted on 91.Now Oregonians have to see if their county and city will allow what the voters have approved? That’s a bunch of political horse hockey from conservatives who just don’t want any change.

    • Bongstar420

      Cite the section and include a link to it. I would, but for the life of me, I cannot find anything even remotely like that.

      • Mike Johnson

        Just because what the lawmakers are doing isn’t illegal, doesn’t mean that they don’t understand what was meant by the voters. Again, I think they have poked a just awakened green tiger. All across America people becoming more aware of the corruption and backward thinking in all levels of government. Elections are coming and People like pot better than politicians. Let’s see how that plays out.

      • Manny Stockton

        The “WILL NOT CHANGE OMMP is included 3 times in the wording of Measure 91. Read it and you can see for yourself.

      • zarnon

        An unprepared Conservative pretending to have read the bill but instead took a Wild Ass Guess? Imagine that! In other news, water is wet.

  • southern greens

    We all voted for it not against it … So in case you are going to attack us ommp holders I stead of figuring the rec out instead…. How ignorant ….

    • Bongstar420

      Because OMMP regs reduce diversion?

      • Alexander Konnoff

        The whole ordeal about having to send in a monthly report from growers is ridiculous, I am a medical patient with nausea who grows his own medicine and I would be subject to these regulations, having to pay for stamps every month and send in more paperwork than necessary. It will probably result in an increase to the OMMP registration fee to pay the wages of the extra people needed to handle these monthly reports. Also, according to the passage, I can only grow 12 mature plants within the city for a maximum of 4 patients witch is not going to be enough medicine to go around if 4 people depend on you for growing their meds. I think the growing report should not be a requirement for patients who grow their own, it makes it more work than needed. If anything, he program should be expanded to allow double the amount for any given patient. There have been seasons where I simply did not produce enough marijuana from 6 plants. OMMP should be expanded to allow more plants and make databases about marijuana info like medical studies as well as the uses and potencies of different strains available from registered dispensaries in the state, allow medical patients to use their medicine in public view and protect patents in the employment/housing laws to prevent people from loosing their livelihood, a state maintained growers directory of growers who have positions available in their garden for patients who are looking for a grower other than the dispensary (not a regulation scheme, just a patient-grower connection system), expand the list of conditions including any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities or if not alleviated may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.

  • Haywood Jeblowme

    It is time for oregon to pass the amendment that prohibits the legislature (at any level of govt) from changing any voter initiative without a vote of the people.

    • Bongstar420

      So you want local bans to be more pervasive? That is what the result would be

      • Jetdoc

        No, that’s not what he’s saying. He’s talking about Oregon citizens doing the SAME thing that AZ did in ’98 called the “AZ Voter Protection Act”.

        This Initiative actually came into being BECAUSE of medical marijuana. AZ citizens passed it in ’94 and the Legislature gutted the language so much the program became unworkable and therefore moot. We passed it AGAIN in ’96 and, the Legislature gutted it AGAIN.

        So in 98, AZ passed the “Voter Protection Act”. Which prevented the Legislature from deviating from the EXACT language of the initiative as the citizens voted on it. It STOPS State legislatures from dismantling the program.

        That initiative has both GOOD and BAD in it. Sure it stops the Legislature from dismantling the program, but it also keeps them from FIXING problems that arise within the program. In order to deviate ONE word from the way it was written, takes 2/3 Majority in BOTH Legislative Houses (which you’ll NEVER get) in order to amend the language.

        That’s what he’s talking about as I read it. It’s a way to ENSURE that legislators LISTEN to their constituents. Politicians in AZ HATE this law b/c it basically leaves the decision to the populous. Not just the few wealthy who were able to buy a State Legislature seat. It leaves many times these types of social issues to the populous and takes it out of “special interest” PAC’s.

        That’s why States are getting in trouble as of late for allowing “public officials” to use not only their office as a backdrop to oppose these initiatives. But taxpayer money as well! They’re allowed to drive their State paid car, to Anti marijuana rallies, use their office phone to oppose an initiative etc…

        • ShallNot B. Infringed

          Wouldn’t be a need if we’d go back to simple common law. No need for legislators and large salaries spending tax money they don’t have & turning people into criminals with legal fiction.

  • stellarvoyager

    Sen. Ginny Burdick is out of step with her constituents, who supported measure 91 and who overwhelmingly support OMMP. Her constituents deserve better than the non-representation that they have been getting from Sen. Ginny Burdick. It is time to recall Sen. Ginny Burdick.

    http://radicalruss.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Ginny-Burdick.jpg

  • stellarvoyager

    Why is it than when Republicans control the governorship and both houses of a state’s legislature, the Democrats of that state get rolled, while when the roles are reversed, we get conserva-dems such as Ginny Burdick who feel the need to “work across the aisle” with Republicans such as Jeff Kruse, whose views on OMMA are clearly out of step with the majority of the state’s voters?

    Democrats have a lock on the Oregon state government. It is time they start governing the way Democrats in the state want, over 70% of whom voted for measure 91, and an even larger proportion of whom support OMMA in its current form. This “overruling” of the will of the voters is outrageous. May the voters reciprocate in kind come the next election.

    • Jetdoc

      I know what you’re saying stellar, I really do. But isn’t this ordeal in Oregon, pretty Bi-partisan? Meaning one party’s just as bad as the other, in this instance?

      NEITHER party is standing up for the people! That’s why we must stand together and DEMAND our rights!

      • Bongstar420

        Or that is to say, isn’t your opinion simply not as popular as you would prefer others to think?

        If voters agreed largely on an issue, it would be reflected by the people they vote for..You know, like most representatives are against child porn..well thats because most people are actually against it.

        The irony is that if democracy want to legalize child porn, I would be totally for a dictatorship which opposed it. Go figure. Some things are just more important than democracy

        • stellarvoyager

          You are wrong about the sentiments of her constituents, Bongstar, just as you have been wrong about almost every point in this discussion. But keep trolling if that’s your thing.

          http://radicalruss.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Ginny-Burdick.jpg

          • ShallNot B. Infringed

            That seems to be all he does. At this point I wonder if he’s paid, are they hiring, where do I apply?

        • stellarvoyager

          And to compare medical marijuana with child porn is offensive and absurd.

        • newageblues

          “If voters agreed largely on an issue, it would be reflected by the people they vote for.”

          If it was that simple, medicinal marijuana would be legal everywhere in this country. People can only vote for the choices available, and they vote based on lots of issues, not just their views on marijuana.

        • Jetdoc

          First of all quit disguising the word FREEDOM with the word democracy. Name ONE thing that’s MORE important than your FREEDOM!

          • ShallNot B. Infringed

            A democracy means 51% can vote to take the rights of the other 49%. This country started as a Republic, but just like Rome it has degraded into a democracy (dictatorship is next), even our foreign & monetary policy have followed the Roman timeline. Right now it’s bread & circuses for the mindless public, Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

      • stellarvoyager

        I hear ya, Jet Doc, and I agree that neither party is serving the people well. But the difference in Oregon is, ALL of the Republican legislators support this bill. Only a few democrats do, and they just so happen to be on the measure 91 committee. Oregon has exactly zero pro-weed Republican politicians.

        Well, actually there was one who had a sensible proposal to start rec sales in July. But that bill was quickly squashed. And he’s the only one that I’m aware of, and he’s probably not truly pro weed.

      • 51504420

        All of the politicians involved in ” going against the will of the voters” are crooks and should be locked up in prison by the voters

    • ShallNot B. Infringed

      She didn’t work across the isle when the Dems were pushing the background check bill. Even though an overwhelming amount of dissent was heard against the bill (from R’s, D’s & I’s) they fucked the people over. It’s about control. They don’t want people to have freedoms. They use the boogeyman of the week to demonize gun owners & pot smokers while neither of those things is a common law crime (no victims). It won’t end until people unite for freedom & return to the common law!

  • 51504420

    Just as we thought … More Oregon government corruption … Wow …

    • Bongstar420

      Surely, breaking the rules isn’t corruption.

      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.

      I’m sure most OMMP people are 100% compliant with these rules.

      • Mike Johnson

        you are right, most ommp folks are compliant.

  • Rhea Graham

    It’s time to stand up and REPEAL all Cannabis laws. This has gotten out of hand. How about we “seed to sale” Hops, grapes, rye, juniper berries, and anything else that makes alcoholic beverages? That crap can kill you, Cannabis heals you. We know THEY don’t want a group of healthy people though, healthy people think for themselves and want improvements.

  • Government is not your friend.

    Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

    • Bongstar420

      You mean you opinions are not popular enough in society to be largely reflected in government policy

      • No rush. It took me forty years to get the “end Prohibition” band wagon going.

        Besides I have precedent on my side.

        He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    • stevenfreycraft@gmail.com

      How different is that then a band of thugs?

      • goldnlead2

        ….at least the in black market, FREE markets are able to exist and the price is determined by quality of product as well as supply and demand (use to call that american capitalism)….

        Give it to the government to manage and they will screw it up like EVERYTHING ELSE they touch ….ect, the auto industry, the solar industry as well as our health care industry!

        WAKE UP and know this is not a marijuana issue (for medical marijuana has been legal in the state of oregon since 1998) this is an INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM issue which is slowly being eroded every year by our overzealous policy makers!

      • goldnlead2

        ….at least in the black market, FREE markets are able to exist and the price is determined by quality of product as well as supply and demand (use to call that good ol’ american capitalism)….

        Give it to the government to manage and they will screw it up like EVERYTHING ELSE they touch ….ect, the auto industry, the solar industry as well as our health care industry!

        WAKE UP and know this is not a marijuana issue (for medical marijuana has been legal in the state of oregon since 1998) this is an INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM issue which is slowly being eroded every year by our overzealous policy makers!

      • I’m thinking. I’m thinking. ;-)

        • Robbasaurus

          They don’t force you to pay for it. The people in office did not get there on their own people.

  • Carson Emerson

    More reason to continue utilizing black market and growing unanimously.. Smh.. Oh well.

    • Bongstar420

      Because we are all good tax evading Rand Paul voters?

      • Carson Emerson

        I pay taxes. And I didn’t nor have I voted for ron paul. Thanx

    • Jetdoc

      That’s what they’re trying to achieve. Exactly what you just said you were going to do. The same thing I would do as well. Continue use the black market. But we’ve GOT to bring this shit out of the closet man.

      We’ve got to quit being afraid of the stigmas put upon us by others and PROVE them wrong. We KNOW the truth! They’re just reciting 80+ years of anti-marijuana, drug war rhetoric.

      I think it’s time WE, the American people quit letting our Govt run all over us, and they are! We’ve been conditioned over the years to forget about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, early U.S. history, etc.. B/c todays young people grew up used to NOT having “X rights”. If they’re never used to having em? They won’t miss em when you take em! Therefore controlling your behavior.

      This “land of the free” stuff is BULLSHIT! I honestly can’t believe that it’ll be MY generation that will be able to tell our grandchildren… “I remember when America was free…”

      • Carson Emerson

        Couldn’t agree more. Sadly I have lost faith in this country and its lazy selfish push over society. I just don’t see them making a stand let alone righting wrongs. They’d rather submit like a bitch (literally roll on their backs and spread their legs in fear) than to sweat and bleed a little.

  • J Craig Canada

    Another stunning success for Tax & Regulate!

    • 51504420

      Yes Craig I agree … That idiot Anthony Johnson screwed a lot of people here in Oregon ..

  • Sharry

    Hey Johnny (and everyone else), is there by chance a petition with letter to the Senator (or whoever necessary) out somewhere? I would be happy to sign my name to it. Sorry if it seems lazy, but I need an easy way to get my voice heard, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Something like that would also be easy to share on facebook.

    • Sarah V

      Hello Senator ______,
      I was appalled to learn today that the Senate Special Committee passed restrictions to the current medical marijuana laws. Access to medical marijuana is extremely valuable to the quality of life for so many Oregonians with chronic health issues. I urge you to vote NO to these changes and uphold what Oregonians already said clearly with their votes – leave OMMP alone!

      Sincerely,

  • Ranger

    To my hard working fellow democrats in Oregon,

    I am writing to encourage you, to trust the overall knowledge and wisdom of the 56+% of voters, on the issue of policy for the plants Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Those 56+% represented a big majority of voters in a mid-term election, where nationally, our fellow democrats were crushed. In Oregon we didn’t just hold our majorities, we grew them! In addition to adding democrats to both chambers, they re-elected Gov. Kitzhaber and Sec. of State Brown in statewide elections.(thank god)

    This large showing for democrats wasn’t just a coincidence. They did so because they believed that it would be the democrats who would impliment the law as they read it and evaluated it, in their homes, with their families and neighbors all involved in the discussions! In addition to joining Colorado, Washington and Alaska in legalizing recreational use of Cannabis, Oregonians thoughtfully and empathetically voted to ‘Maintain the Medical Marijuana Program’, Oregonians do not believe that sick people should buy their medications in an OLCC recreational establishment, paying retail prices for their plants. It’s inhumane to ask them to do so, just because a few folks are worried about ‘leakeage’ of the medical side into the marketplace. Why are those people not worried about the recreational grow sites ‘leaking’ product into the underground economy?
    The other issue apparently, is the amount of medication sick folks are obtaining? Some say the amount of Cannabis is too high. Please remember that in 2012 Oregonians voted on legalizing Cannabis, with almost no regulations or basically any practical limits. It failed, but in failing it garnered 450,000+ votes and momentum for a much more limited law was put before the people and they overwhelmingly thought it a step forward. Please do not mess up this thoughtfully written law on recreational use and it limits and regulations. It also expects us to uphold the Medical side of the equation. It also allows each house with an adult over 21 to grow up to four plants. That is also a key provision to free the people from drug cartels or even dispensaries eventually! In addition, people may also decide to stop using so many opiates in Oregon, and rely on CBD/THC to help their pain. It works marvels on the acute back spasms I get from scoliosis and a tough back fusion operation.

    Roll M91 out at it is written, deliberated upon and ultimately Voted upon by The People! Please do not underestimate Oregonians understanding of the complexities of meshing the two systems. In this election everyone got just one vote. Growers, legislators, processors, judges, police officers, teachers, laywers, governors, users of illegal pot and current medical patients all received just one vote and 56+% decided four basic provisions:

    1. Legalize recreational marijuana smoking for adults, with a reasonable limit on that use of the resourse

    2. Maintain a separate Medical marijuana system to allow prices to stay down for people needing the medications from Cannabis, with limits to stay ‘the same’.

    3. Allows every household with an adult over 21 to grow up to four plants. (if I were worried about leakage, I would look here. Oregonians are trying to end the strict prohibition of this drug. IF I had unlimited money or spent ALL my savings I could go into a Oregon liquar store and Buy the Entire Inventory! Alcohol is a nuero-toxin, it can kill you by stopping breathing and heart attack. Cannabis Can Not Do That!, So Limits is a silly thing to get hung up on, The dangerous nuerotoxin it’s being compared to,.maybe should have much stricter limits on the amounts purchaced. Cannabis is a Much Safer intoxicant/medicine and is Not a Nuerotoxin.

    4. Lastly the people decided to tax recreational marijuana, not medical. This medical provision is to protect the sick users who need much more than a recreational user and they have a much higher tolerance as well. Don’t send folks limping and wheeled into OLCC stores to buy their medication. Its dehumanizing and Oregonians voted it’s unnecessary!

    The legislature can always react to a big problem if one develops later and fix it, M91 is the best written legalization bill in the nation! Let us not mess it up without even trying. Basically roll it out as voted upon! Democrats have always had a libertarian type bent to many issues over time, especially personal liberty issues for adults!. The first attempt to decriminalize Pot was in the 1970’s. The democrats came out for decriminalization and then Reagan stopped Carter’s 2nd term, then came Nancy’s “just say no” campaign. That didn’t work so well obviously. Democrats are the party of compassion, not worrying about maximizing profits or scared that people can not be trusted. That’s the GOP roll, to see the worst in everything. Oregonians are different, we typically trust our neighbors to do the right thing. Let’s not change that ‘live and let live more’ in Oregon’ by starting a huge fight when most agree that the law is very well written and the policy is sound!

  • 51504420

    Thank you Anthony Johnson … You did your work well … You convinced a bunch of voters with lies and deception to pass your stupid marijuana legalization bill … You destroyed a 15+ year old medical marijuana program .. I place the blame for the attacks on medical marijuana on you Anthony and your minions .. Now all we can do is sit back and watch the destruction of a program that worked pretty good and helped many people .. Thanks again Anthony for deceiving the voters into believing your catch phrase…. Marijuana legalization WILL NOT CHANGE THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM …. For all that voted yes , quit bitching ya got what ya voted for .. GOVERNMENT CONTROL !

    • stellarvoyager

      I am afraid that your blame is misplaced. It should be placed with those who truly deserve blame: these politicians, who would have engaged in these shenanigans whether or not measure 91 passed. In fact, if measure 91 had failed, they would have been even more emboldened to take even more draconian measures, interpreting the results as an anti-cannabis mandate. In fact, Anthony Johnson has been working tirelessly to oppose these measures.

  • Haywood Jeblowme

    That’s correct. CA has that provision as part of its Constitution, too. And I agree that it has pitfalls, but the simple fix is to propose “improvements” to any law directly to the people. After all, it is easy for the Legislature anywhere to put something on the ballot; but not for the people.

  • briteleaf

    Oregonians were promised that our OMMP would NOT BE CHANGED. Imagine now an OMMP patient trying to find a grower willing to jump through all the hoops of tracking and reporting every leaf!!! Once again our legislators have lost the way of the WILL OF THE PEOPLE and for the common good. They don’t want patients to be able to get their medicine from the neighborhood pharmacy and now they want to kill the OMMP thinking all those patients can afford to buy it when recreational marijuana is available instead of having someone grow it for them. So they legislate medical marijuana out of practicality. The difference in price is mountainous to the poor and those on fixed incomes. Oregonians in the medical marijuana program will have to be able to afford the $10 a gram prices of retailers because they won’t be able to find a grower willing to wade through all the red tape and monthly reports. The wealthy often forget the realities of being sick and poor and old.

  • Charles Delvalle

    This article gets the plant cap wrong. It’s not 12 within city limits, it’s 12 within residential zones in city limits. Otherwise it’s 48.

  • John Glyshaw

    I tried to contact my senator ginny burdick and she blocked me on facebook and deleted all my comments. that is the what that piece of work is all about.

  • John Glyshaw

    I urge you all to contact senator ginny burdick on facebook and let her know she cant just delete us.

  • Z

    I don’t understand the big deal about the black-market are they concerned that they’re not getting their piece of the pie or are they concerned about the consequences in other states either way Oregon recently has been called the most difficult state to keep consistent work in so now let’s create limitations and less work for Oregonians that’s a great idea

  • M

    I saw my MD and have my yearly OMMP certification, but there is NO WAY I am going to pay the state of Oregon $250 for “protection money.” I’m so tired of the backhanded “fees” in Oregon for EVERYTHING. No sales tax could be so high.

  • Jay Evens

    First they make it so curing your medicine isn’t very feasible with low on hand limits, I think they should be doubled because a grower should cure his meds for 8 weeks minimum 16 weeks preferred. This is going to force a Black market and I’m legally gonna bank off it. I have something that will be launching, that will make the senate changes a mute point for most people. The big guys that are in their pockets aren’t going to like it much. I’m just going to give them the rope to hang themselves! I’m goint to sue the state for meds that are out of my prcie range now due to them ripping apart OMMP. why can’t we organize and put a law in that directly states changes to law must be put to vote no senate commitee can change it without a public vote. This is what happens when Californians out number the sensible people of oregon, I saw this happening the last 20 years more moved in and the laws started reflecting cali