Mar 092016
 March 9, 2016

southern oregon marijuanaBy Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection

Medical marijuana growers in Southern Oregon have been doing a lot of organizing in recent months to curb the tide of new restrictions being imposed in the region on their gardens. Recently, the Jackson County Planning Commission made proposals that go too far, according to most growers. They make entering the lucrative marijuana market difficult and, more importantly, restrict growers to the point that they cannot effectively grow for the patients like they once did. Medical growers and their supporters have shown up in force to make their concerns known at county meetings and effectively explained the effects of the restrictions, which has made a difference so far, and helped roll back a few items.

But, as the local fight continues, lawmakers in Salem passed a number of bills during the recent short session that also restrict growers, and go against the intent of Measure 91. Most notably, SB 1598 passed and will, among many other things, provide that Oregon-grown cannabis be defined as an agricultural crop, which creates serious land use issues for many outdoor growers in Southern Oregon. If treated like a agricultural crop, Rural Residential (RR) zoning could be problematic because it prohibits commercial agricultural growing.

Sandy Diesel is one of the people leading the fight against these onerous rules and restrictions on growing, especially outdoor. A founder of the group Right To Grow – Southern Oregon, Diesel is pushing back against the changes and organizing growers to stand up against local and state politicians. She is planning a protest in front of the Medford Mail Tribune before a “Legislative Review” the newspaper is hosting on Thursday with a number of Salem legislators.

“It’s our last opportunity to tell our local legislators to call an emergency session to put a stop to the new OMMP rules, and SB 1598,” explained Diesel. “SB 1598 would shut down all farms on RR land in Jackson County, and many other counties may follow.”

Diesel is planning a protest and will be available to the media before the review at 11:30 in front of the Mail Tribune office at 111 N. Fir St in Medford. The review is open to the public and people are encouraged to attend and express their concerns to our local State representatives in Salem.

The Legislative Review attendees will include:

Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford
Reps. Duane Stark, R-Grants Pass
Peter Buckley, D-Ashland
House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte

Topics will include the minimum wage increase, the elimination of coal in generating power for Oregon, and the many “tweaks” to the state’s marijuana laws.

Time: 11:45 AM at the Medford Mail Tribune, 111 N. Fir St., in Medford, Oregon.

The next Right to Grow Southern Oregon meeting will be March 19th. Visit their facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/groups/righttogrow/

Source: Oregon Cannabis Connection

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  • Keith Mansur

    Anyone that wants questions answered should come tomorrow! And, update from the MT, McLane will not make it to the review.

  • Bongstar420

    These people must be low skilled. I’ve got almost nothing and still my future as a grower looks bright. I don’t plan on any more investors than the single old lady that thew down $30k on the grow for my future and a small profit share for her. Its highly likely that all of these growers “complaining about onerous regulations” have much more stuff to me and are not basically homeless. Finally, I have a BS in horticulture which I had to fund mostly on my own to help legitimize the growing game- growers should have high standards for their selves and their products.

    I had the foresight to only consider mixed commercial, industrial, or farm zoned rentals. But then again, I want to own and operate an actual legitimate business. I am currently looking for a home to live in and the same considerations apply- I only consider homes in mixed use zoning or a location I think I could petition the city for exemption status because wholesale prices are forcing me to produce edibles rather then sell to processors.

    “restrict growers to the point that they cannot effectively grow for the patients like they once did. ”

    Like how, give the “patient” free drugs and make up the difference by selling on the black market? Thats how it happened for a decade.

    (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.

    These growers aren’t being restricted from following this statute.

    • Nate

      Ya got a BS in horticulture alright…..

  • Bongstar420

    These people must be low skilled. I’ve got almost nothing and still
    my future as a grower looks bright. I don’t plan on any more investors
    than the single old lady that thew down $30k on the grow for my future
    and a small profit share for her. Its highly likely that all of these
    growers “complaining about onerous regulations” have much more stuff to
    me and are not basically homeless. Finally, I have a BS in horticulture
    which I had to fund mostly on my own to help legitimize the growing
    game- growers should have high standards for their selves and their
    products.

    I had the foresight to only consider mixed commercial,
    industrial, or farm zoned rentals. But then again, I want to own and
    operate an actual legitimate business. I am currently looking for a home
    to live in and the same considerations apply- I only consider homes in
    mixed use zoning or a location I think I could petition the city for
    exemption status because wholesale prices are forcing me to produce
    edibles rather then sell to processors.

    “restrict growers to the point that they cannot effectively grow for the patients like they once did. ”

    Like
    how, give the “patient” free drugs and make up the difference by
    selling on the black market? Thats how it happened for a decade.

    (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.

    These growers aren’t being restricted from following this statute.

  • briteleaf

    It’s legal to grow 4 plants in Oregon. The lawmakers are forcing medical marijuana patients to quit the program. They have to pay $250 in registration and their grower has loads of new hoops to jump through, can only grow 6 plants, and patients only get a discount at marijuana retail outlets. Medical marijuana patients should be able to get their medicine like anyone else, WITHOUT having to pay fees and file paperwork with a background check and a physician’s approval. We should be able to get it at a local drugstore at the drive-through window. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is DEAD.

    • Bongstar420

      I don’t think the herb shelves at the health food stores are legally “medicine”

      Who are you talking about? I get my actual medicine from a pharmacy

      As far as I am concerned, any competent adult should be able to access any drug they can prove responsible with.