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Oregon Senate Passes Harmful Medical Marijuana Bill

oregon marijuanaThe Oregon Senate voted today on Senate Bill 964. Oregon Senate Bill 964 seeks to drastically alter the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). Among some of the scarier provisions of 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.”

I’m sad to report that the bill passed a full Senate vote 29-1. The only Senator to vote against the bill was Floyd Prozanski. Mr. Prozanski should obviously be commended, and the rest of the Oregon Senate should be held accountable. The plant limits, reporting requirements, and right for municipalities to ban businesses is going to hurt many, many patients. Oregon voters want the Oregon Legislature to work on creating clear and fair recreational marijuana rules and regulations. Oregon voters do not want attacks on the OMMP, which is why they approved Oregon Measure 91 which stated no less than three times that the OMMP should stay untouched.

If you need to find out who your Oregon Senator is, click this link here. Again, Floyd Prozanski is the only Oregon Senator to oppose the bill, so unless he is your Oregon Senator, I would hope that you would contact your Senator immediately and let them know just how awful this bill is, and that you plan on refraining from voting for them when they are up for re-election. From here the bill goes to the Oregon House, where there is far less support for such harmful, unwanted legislation. I’m hopeful that the bill will stall in the Oregon House and die.

  • PhDScientist

    We need action taken at the federal level to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 immediately, so that physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it on the same basis as other medications.
    Every 20 seconds, an American is told “you have Cancer.” — Every 60 seconds another American dies of it — after suffering horribly. Every single American Cancer patient, and every other American who can benefit from Medical Marijuana deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to it.

    • Bongstar420

      Correct..it should be exempt like alcohol

    • Elizabeth

      AND it should be covered by health insurance, as a regular prescription.

      • Bongstar420

        …if doctors are on board like with all other medications..
        YES YES YES

  • jontomas

    >>>”Section 70 states, “the governing body of a city or county may adopt ordinances that prohibit the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries”

    Wow! – That 29 out of 30 state senators voted for this, draws away the curtain, exposing that elected officials in Washington don’t really represent the people. In fact, they are at war with the people, and are now working frantically to undermine and negate what little power the people have left.

    If anyone believes for a moment they will not do the same thing with recreational marijuana, they are tragically naïve.

    • Bongstar420

      Do what?

      The production numbers allow for far above a median income for a skilled grower and thats at prices which would allow most people to spend their weekends plastered…probably less than they spend going out to bars

      Home growing is also sufficient for a responsible and competent person to entirely self supply on fem seed or clone from shops. Shit, I could pump an lb a month with a 4 plant limit and a separate clone source.

  • rob

    Hope it doesn’t make it past the house.. they just created a new black market.. good job idiots

  • Old Soul

    Yes, and die a quick death with a bright light on the authors. Gratefully, I’m in Sen Floyd Prozanski’s district and he’s actively engaged with numerous medical growers on these issues. I suspect Sen Ginny Burdick of PDX will get an earful of WTF? as her district voted 61+% for Measure 91and the 3x featured “leave OMMP alone”. The war on cannabis just won a small battle and hopefully the feedback will persuade the House to follow the will of the voters.

  • Tj

    http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2015/SB964/

    Is this not current? I sure hope it is because this doesn’t say the senate passed the bill. (unless I’m missing something)

    • Bonnie

      Senate passed 29-1. Now goes to House (Oregon) to try to pass. Writer did not seem to think House would be enthusiastic, but it could still getbthrough. I saw both chambers voting a few weeks ago, and it can be confusing at best.

  • Bryce420

    We will make sure to be EXTREMELY skeptical this 2016 election in California. We will be more than willing to organize if they’re going to sell out Prop 215 too and throw our medical marijuana under the bus.

    • stellarvoyager

      Then expect the same result, only with no recreational.

  • stellarvoyager

    I am disgusted. Recall Ginny Burdick.

  • Bongstar420

    ooohhh, no.. I have to report an inventory, and I can only harvest 18-48lbs a month..Just don’t know how my 8 patients will get served? My wheelchair guy only needs 2 oz a month and he is the most medically debilitated. My rent, electricity, and cost of materials will only let me deliver about 25oz a month on reimbursement at $100/oz- yes growers can deliver and sell to dispensaries, and with the inventory protocol, the Feds will be shut out so long as you keep your nose clean. .

  • MrFuzznutz999

    ha ha ha suckers!!!! should’ve voted too decriminalize not legalize! gonna make them med patients pay top dollar for scrips! OLCC gotcha by the ballz boyeee! When has this state ever shown anything beside corruption? and you suckers voted and trusted these life long political hacks to do the right thing….. considering this state has the highest food stamp rate in the country says it all, but no gotta fall for more reindeer games….

    • jontomas

      No. These are just the necessary bumps on the road to freedom and justice.

      Ending all criminality of marijuana was a crucial and prohibition-busting victory.

      Now we are just mopping up. Due to our efforts, we will soon see marijuana universally recognized as much less harmful than alcohol – and its consumers treated accordingly.

      “Decriminalization” was a needed absurdity of marijuana reform, but there is no permanent place for it in a sane world.

    • Jetdoc

      They’re suckers b/c they voted FOR an initiative that stated, “…no less than 3 times that the OMMP shall not be changed in any manner.”?

      Then the Oregon Legislature decides to forego that language and DO what they want to the OMMP? I don’t understand the reasoning there? It sounds to me like there’s one helluva lawsuit sitting there. That is unless the Legislature, by law somehow’s able to ignore specific language in an Initiative passed by the people and DO what they wish to the initiative?

      Sitting in an Medical Marijuana State that’s going to vote on legalization in 2016. I’m CONCERNED, especially if the language of Measure 91, was written by Marijuana Policy Project! I’ve heard horror stories about working with MPP as well as lived with the language of a Medical Marijuana law written by them. It’s been bogged down in Court proceedings since it passed in 2010.

      I’m really starting to wonder if they (MPP) ACTUALLY are on the side of legalization? EVERY law they’ve written, including our MMJ law, has been mired in Court proceedings with rules that actually HURT the people. Everything I’ve seen written by them is directly geared to commercialism of cannabis. I think it has less to do w/fact they want to help people. Their laws tend to favor “Business Owners”. THEY make money while the people suffer.

      • stellarvoyager

        MPP was not involved in the crafting or passage of measure 91. They completely snubbed us because they thought it couldn’t pass in an off year, and we passed the measure anyway.

        • treeguy100

          it seems that if they pass enough new rules with onerous conditions they do in effect spell the total end to OMMP. If i could have 4 plants with no regulation or 6 plants with total regulation then the choice is obvious. Question who is to run around and monitor the not regulated 4 plant growers and what if they go to 6 plants anyway, This whole thing is stupid. For one a not regulated grower can have 4 plants but only 8 ounces. Assuming the plants produce over 2 ounces then they are now violators. This is crazy

          • Bongstar420

            Actually, the choice is 6+4 for the personal home grower, and they don’t count your stuff…you can still sell to dispensaries, but they will only be interested in the most fire of fire if you are a teeny bopper who can’t keep up a commercial op.

            Reporting and inspections are for card stacking growers like myself.

    • zarnon

      It already was decriminalized in Oregon. Derp.

    • Bongstar420

      I only want top dollar from people who are not seriously debilitated and who could otherwise use medications which are not as fun.

      Back pain isn’t seriously debilitated

      • shawn ross

        no, but muscle relaxers/opiates are debilitating, believe me, I know… Been prescribed all sorts of pain meds for my neck pain over the years, Vikodin made me feel drunk, muscle relaxers made me feel like a puddle in my chair. After that they suggested this high strength acetaminophen, but I didn’t want to keep punishing my liver… High cbd sativa marijuana makes me feel better, and still be able to function, has no negative side affects on my liver, and because i vaporize it, little, if any, bad effect on my lungs…So because I suffer daily from my back pain, and not Crohn’s or something, I don’t deserve a discount?

      • HeyJah

        I’m sorry – “Back pain isn’t seriously debilitated”??? You obviously don’t know how distracting, and even frightening “back pain” can be. It’s hard to go to work when you can’t even get out of bed – and I know lots of people who have had that experience.

      • Robert Smith

        How the hell would you know , obviously you don’t have any back pain. I only wish you a giant dose of it so you can be informed before you open your mouth

  • moldy

    Greedy ass hats trying to shut down low cost mmj to promote legal taxed weed? Can’t they be satisfied with what taxes are generated with LE savings or is there another motive I’m missing here? Recall now.

    • zarnon

      Altruistic OMMP growers never diverted a penny from their patients? Patients were always given what they were promised? LOL.. Maybe if MJ had been used as medicine instead of profits by greedy growers it would’ve never become this big an issue.

      You can restrict the number of chickens in the city why can’t we have any regulations on MJ?

      • Bongstar420

        Pot was popularized by these programs..The pervasive presence of the drug has been the primary driver in legalizing because it dispels the false notions it’s a danger

        If patients were legit, their use would be much more limited and much less people would be involved…additionally, highly desirable recreational strains would be virtually non-existent…all the fire in Oregon always was OMMP

  • Nathaniel

    The municipalities and limits [but to a much lesser degree given the definition of what mature now means] components of this bill are bad news, but the rest is perfectly fine and needed to be addressed. If you don’t have reporting there is no way to assess where all of the product is really going.
    We all know much of the medicinal excess was making it to the black market. I am optimistic this approach will slow that process. We can hope that the house will move forward to kill the municipal option, but who knows.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      Really make it legal like growin tomatoes ie The Ed Rosenthal model. It would seem that the medical program in Oregon got Washingtonned!
      Perhaps you are planning a recreational grow under the new laws and don’t want ANY competition!

      • garrybry

        I have always thought legalization was bad, it should have just been ignored, like tomatoes . . . look at Washington, soon it will be illegal to homegrow and you can only get it from State run facilities .

        • Bongstar420

          But tomatoes are legal…There are rules about what you can and can’t spray on commercial tomato crops…people pay income taxes on net proceeds

          • garrybry

            I was referring to a home garden. . . does the government restrict what you can do to your OWN tomatoes?

        • Karen McCormick

          The facilities in Washington are not “state run”. They are state licensed, along the same guidelines as hard liquor production. You can’t legally run your own still to make booze or make your own pharmaceutical type drugs, either. The Washington model seems to work fairly well and could easily be the template for legalizing across the country.

      • shawn ross

        exactly what I was thinking… Greed fuels everything

    • David Korrell

      I disagree Nathaniel, as a Medical grower for 2 people and myself, the first thing I will do is drop both of them and my Medical card, with no card and no reporting I can grow 4 plants, With a card I can only grow 3 plants and I must subject myself to Warrantless searches by multiple government agencies and must account for every gram of every cutting and seed from conception to consumption. I can grow all I need with 4 but not with 3 and unless I grow indoor the legal limits for what I can have at one time will leave me having to Buy lesser quality medicine at ridicules prices before I am able grow more. And there you go 3 people with medical need being FORCED to buy what they once could grow. This is about Greed plain and simple, the soon to be Recreational Growing Millionaires bought and paid for our Senate to Remove competition from High Quality Medicinal growers. If this has been Truly intended to Damage the Black Market they would have First not license any new growers for recreational and make it a requirement to be an established Medical grower to get a recreational grow license. Then drop all weight limits for Medical growers and make it Attractive and easy for all medical growers to sell any excess to the state. This Plan would Cripple the Black Market because the Vast Majority of people would take less to sell it Legally and locally. Their plan will only drive the Black Market prices up to a level where even the most honest growers will be tempted to “Cook the Books” or even go so far as to set up Illegal Grows to supply the Demand.

    • Karen McCormick

      But wasn’t it stated clearly in the recreational bill that the medical program would remain as is? This is a case of legislators forgetting who their constituents are and ignoring the law.

    • Karen McCormick

      Besides, legalization will eliminate much of the black market. Demand will go down when people can grow their own.

  • wtf

    The people get the leaders they deserve. If people in Oregon canr get together and impeach these people then they deserve to get rolled on by these stupid law-makers.

    • MrFuzznutz999

      The people in Oregon are to naive to vote for change, Portland and Eugene pretty much run the state. Pathetic really….. If people in Oregon actually had a clue they would research there state reps, most of the people in government are either rich or out of state transplants trying to turn Oregon into California. The city councils are inundated with transplants, the town I grew up in has a majority of transplants in key positions, most of which haven’t lived in Oregon for more than 7 years. I can’t say too much, I was born in California and moved to Oregon at 8 years old, back then everyone hated Californians, now they are everywhere. The funniest part is most of the transplants look down on Oregonians as local yokels that are “nice people” but not as privileged as themselves.

  • Ron Stout

    Vote Green Party and replace ALL those critters !

  • stellarvoyager

    Recalling Ginny Burdick and/or others is one possible response to their nonsense, but here is a more sensible proposal: place a measure on the 2016 ballot that would pass OMMA in its current form as a constitutional amendment, and repeal all changes to the OMMP that have occurred after January 1, 2015. With OMMP enshrined as a constitutional amendment, it would be completely off-limits to this legislature and any future legislatures.

    Then, instead of a recall, work on defeating Ginny Burdick and others in the 2016 election. Seems like a smarter use of limited resources.

    • Bongstar420

      Good luck

    • Rhonda Wright

      IMHO, I think Ginny’s worried about who’s holding the good seed! LOL LOL LOL

    • That’s a lot of seats.

  • r.garvin

    Again our voted in Representatives screw up…….Legislate and change what was voted for by the people…..You mr.s and misses are pricks

    • Rhonda Wright

      I am so sorry for your disappointment and truly understand the point of view of those who live in the cities. It sure does sound like it lends a lot of opportunity for those of us who live out here in the middle of nowhere though, I could never actually do that much work…lol not by myself anyway…RG, I am happy to help you and yours out any time you need it…I’m here for you, don’t forget it…

      • newageblues

        Maybe I should move to the Oregon countryside.

  • garrybry

    Why not have all gun owners report monthly their ammo level, the number and locations of their guns, then let’s see folks get riled. . . .

    • zarnon

      We should keep track of our ammo like Switzerland but that’s another subject for another day.

    • MrFuzznutz999

      well if it was up to the gov you wouldn’t be able to have guns if you had MMJ….. big thing coming is people having guns and growing/possession, last time I checked that was a felony.

    • newageblues

      Because cannabis users are the designated scapegoats for all crimes committed by alcohol lovers and gun lovers. What could be more fair than that?

    • Robert Smith

      Please Please Please don’t even think this let alone say it. Some of he Turdheads will grab it and run.

  • zarnon

    At 3-4 lb per plant that’s up to 36-48 lb for the most restricted grows. Wow, talk about Hippie Hardship!

    • Bongstar420

      If they are inspected, and those are outdoor numbers, it is all to no avail now isn’t it?

      …because they can’t just say they only harvest legal amounts; they now get inspections to show they are honest.

      Indoors…well, we can harvest plants that are 1/6th-1/3rd that big, but on a monthly basis. That gives the grower about 2 weeks between to sell after it dries (not relevant to rec growers as they won’t have carry limits). Outdoor harvests will all tend to be in September and October without substantial investing.

      At least with ins you get more consistency, fresh product, and less contamination.

  • zarnon

    Unless your plants veg/flower in a month I don’t see how your scenario is possible.

    Still, a mature plant in So. Oregon yields 2-5 lb per plant. If you can’t get enough MJ for your patient at 6 plants with enough stash left over for yourself,partner and friends for a year you’re either diverting or not doing it right.

    • Bongstar420

      The rule is veg plants of unlimited size…Your plant isn’t in that 48 count till pistils come out. Its actually more productive than what we have now where you need 16 patients to roll what you can with 8 patients now.

      I’m pullin 8oz plants now..just creepin on pounders atm

      Real medicine like Cannatonic ACDC and Pennywise

      And yes, agreed. People need to be honest about this stuff

  • Rhonda Wright

    What does this say? As an OMMP patient, I can legally grow 96 mature plants on my property, in theory, right? Okay, then!!! lol lol lol Did I misunderstand something here? Inform me, please. Zarnon down here…knows the score too! Hey, zarnon, they want us, only the best!!! lol

    • Ryan H

      Patients can only grow 3 mature plants, the dispensaries max out 12 in city and 48 out of the city or 24 and 96 in the case of a pre existing dispensary.

  • Shawn

    That’s really fucked up ! I think if I lived in Oregon I would fight this tooth and nail ! What happened to the compassion act that was voted on ? They tried to control it in Clearlake, CA , making it illegal to even have it in our house, or to grow it inside Our Mayor is now suing the city of Clearlake on the behalf or patients that need Medical Marijuana !

  • ryan

    I say we burn the fuckers down and do away with these assholes government does not work we the people can govern ourselves. Who’s with me they’ve crossed the line this is bullshit. PEOPLE SHOULDNT BE AFRAID OF IT’S GOVERNMENTS GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF ITS PEOPLE.

    • Shelle Alexander

      Yeah…what he said! Next time they have a State Senate meeting, someone otta smuggle them some tastie brownies. The Government has a bunch of crotchety old rich fuckers in it and you better know at least half, if not more, smoke something other than the occasional cigar.

    • Karen McCormick

      ” PEOPLE SHOULDNT BE AFRAID OF IT’S GOVERNMENTS GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF ITS PEOPLE.” You are right in this regard. That’s why we have a legal, nonviolent way to overthrow the government- its called voting.

      • Sunny

        Like when Oregon voters rejected legal dispensaries just to have the governor sign it into law without another vote?

  • David Korrell

    as a Medical grower for 2 people and myself, the first thing I will do is drop both of them and my Medical card, with no card and no reporting I can grow 4 plants, With a card I can only grow 3 plants and I must subject myself to Warrantless searches by multiple government agencies and must account for every gram of every cutting and seed from conception to consumption. I can grow all I need with 4 but not with 3 and unless I grow indoor the legal limits for what I can have at one time will leave me having to Buy lesser quality medicine at ridicules prices before I am able grow more. And there you go 3 people with medical need being FORCED to buy what they once could grow. This is about Greed plain and simple, the soon to be Recreational Growing Millionaires bought and paid for our Senate to Remove competition from High Quality Medicinal growers. If this had been Truly intended to Damage the Black Market they would have First not license any new growers for recreational and make it a requirement to be an established Medical grower to get a recreational grow license. Then drop all weight limits for Medical growers and make it Attractive and easy for all medical growers to sell any excess to the state. This Plan would Cripple the Black Market because the Vast Majority of people would take less to sell it Legally and locally. Their plan will only drive the Black Market prices up to a level where even the most honest growers will be tempted to “Cook the Books” or even go so far as to set up Illegal Grows to supply the Demand.

  • briteleaf

    So the poor in Oregon who need a grower will not be able to find one who is willing to do all the paperwork and send in all the reports. Now the OMMP works like America’s political system, educational system, and justice system; ONLY FOR THE WEALTHY. How far we have fallen…

  • Karen McCormick

    All the people here complaining about the attempts to rein in what is seen as black market profiteering off medical pot need a history lesson. I agree this bill ignores the part of the new law voters approved saying the medical industry would not be altered by recreational programs. However, I remember when it was all illegal. People suffered and risked spending the rest of their lives in prison just for wanting some pain relief. Cancer patients informed each other and helped each other find sources. It was all very hush hush in the 70’s. We can live with a few restrictions on the recreational side if it means people won’t go to prison for simple possession.

  • PARIS_GIRL

    IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY! POWER AND GREED CORRUPTS. THE RECREATIONAL BARONS BUY OFF THE POLITICIANS… THEN THEY PROFIT HAND IN GLOVE! EVERYONE ELSE IS FUCKED!! OVER BIG TIME!

    AND THE BLACK MARKET WILL THRIVE AND GROW AS BEFORE.

  • Robert Smith

    It seems that your rules of posting just don’t allow for the way one feels about this insanity. This is obviously is designed to usurp the current laws and to set up growers
    for fines and more money to the state coffers. I am surprised that only one senator dissented. So , we the voters voted to allow Medical Marijuana and to allow recreational and now they the government have decided in their “wisdom” that “we the people” are yet again irrelevant in our wishes. The adage “follow the money” is undoubtedly in play here. . Ever heard of unintended consequences . Well here are some. Growers like me are NOT going to be willing to have some government asshole search my home. I will send my
    grower card and my patient card back to them with a jar of vaseline and demand a refund for issuing something that is now null and void. They will lose thousands of dollars from us
    in our card registration. They just made many many people illegal and subject to whatever penalities they wish. (probably fines). And they just jacked up the prices in the Black Market and invalidated all Medical and recreational dispensaries . Black market sellers will always stay just below the dispensaries prices and thrive. So there you go. They just made the illegal growers stronger and richer and those of us who are legal will not tolerate this kind of Hitlerism. Talk about the SS. STUPIDITY INCORPORATED.