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What Does Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse Have To Say About SB 844?

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Earlier this week I sent an e-mail exchange between one of The Weed Blog team members and an Oregon Representative about Oregon Senate Bill 844. Oregon SB 844 would drastically change the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in a very negative way, and would surely lead some patients back to the black market, or force them to go without medicine altogether. Below is an excerpt of what Oregon Representative Jeff Kruse has to say about the bill in an e-mail that he sent to his constituents, which was sent to me by a reader named Nancy. And by the way Mr. Kruse, I fight against this bill because it is awful and because it hurts patients, not because I’m paid to do so, or because I make money from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (I have never made a dime off the OMMP):

The second bill is SB 844, which is the bill dealing with Oregon’s medical marijuana program. With the passage of Ballot Measure 91 a committee was formed to deal with the implementation of the legalization of marijuana. I am a member of that committee. It was decided by leadership that the first thing we should do was to clean up the medical program before taking on the recreational side, which was a good idea. Initially there were a couple of workgroups on parts of the issue, but the workgroups for the main part of the bill consisted of two Senators and two Representatives, all of them Democrats.

Last Friday the Republican members of the committee were given copies of the amended version of the bill (the -6 amendment), which was 89 pages long. It took me a couple of days to fully digest all of the provisions partially because, as with most complicated legislation, one has to look into references to other statutes. While there are several areas of the bill I would like to see changed, I think the majority of the bill was well done and I am hoping things like a local option can still be added. One of the provisions I like the most is the section on tracking. Currently there is a significant amount of pot in the medical program unaccounted for and we believe it is ending up in the black market and some people are getting very rich on this trade. One of our goals is to stop this activity.

Over this week I have received several hundred emails in opposition to the -6 amendment. What I am reasonably sure of is those sending the emails did not read the bill. These emails were generated by the people who have become millionaires in this program, primarily because accountability would dry up their revenue source. So they scared a whole lot of patients into thinking we were “going to take away their medicine” in an attempt to derail the bill. This is a good example of how the internet can be a very powerful tool and should also be a lesson that if you are getting all of your information from one source you can be misled.

  • Doc Deadhead

    ” that if you are getting all of your information from one source you can be misled.”, yea, by him.

    Vote out all haters

    • Lawrence Goodwin

      Easy to say but nearly impossible to do in New York state, Doc Deadhead. The “haters” of cannabis here, unbelievably, still get widespread support among the voters. Even worse, New Yorkers don’t have the luxury of ballot initiatives to change state law, entirely depending on lawmakers who keep getting indicted for corruption. Absolute nightmare for advocates, no matter how much love they share.

      • newageblues

        Most of all, it’s the lack of an initiative process that has folks in New York fucked (having thug pig bigot Cuomo for governor doesn’t help). I expect Missouri and Arkansas to legalize before New York

  • It’s frustrating that our lawmakers are making laws about substances they don’t understand.

    • Bongstar420

      I seriously doubt you have a greater understanding…..

      Why aren’t you in office with you awesomeness?

      • moses

        To think i was going to defend your right to have an opinion, check yourself

        • Bongstar420

          Why should anyone assume they know better?

          Why should I assume the statistically unlikely scenario?

          What qualifies you to think your opinion is any better?

          I can tell you, I am qualified and those qualifications do not depend on your or other people’s opinions…Does that sound familiar?

          • I would think people shouldn’t be regulating anything they’re not experts about.

      • I chose a different life path, and I’m doing something they cannot. We’re supposed to be critical of our elected leaders, buddy.

        What’s your issue here?

        • Bongstar420

          You framed your comment to imply that you have better understanding of the ways and means in addition to what should be done with it.

          Would you like Coco the chimp (IQ of 70-90) telling what you should do with society if you were the lawmaker (IQ of 100-120)?

          It is healthy to be critical since social predation and parasitism is common. That doesn’t mean that their actions are necessarily bad or wrong because of their positions. And that also doesn’t even mean they are necessarily good or correct or better either.

          What are you doing that they cannot, get high all day every day? Or what?

          Just don’t phrase things to imply you have the “correct” idea, opinion, or way unless you are willing to support it with a defense.

  • Bongstar420

    Thats right….patients are going back to the black market while availability increases..

    Were any of these people not subsidized by the black market anyways (a large fraction of OMMP patients get 1-2oz free because the rest is sold on the black market or other patients at “cost”- dispensary prices wouldn’t support the grower; black market income is 50% higher at the same exact wholesale price.)? NO. Someone else has always been footing the bill. Now if people are really serious about keeping poor people nice and drugged up, they will advocate to develop a subsidy program from M91 taxes with a dosage control mechanism where individuals cannot make arbitrary claims about “medical necessity.”

    Now they have 6 huge plants + 4 huge plants as individuals. The growers won’t have large veg plants counting in their numbers..That means the smallest grower in city limits can harvest 6-12 lbs monthly. These rules are going to double my productivity for the same sized garden. The only real issue is all the losers lying about “medical necessity” for access to a cheap high they otherwise cannot produce on their own or afford.

    • Price matters.

      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.

  • billybbo

    hey bongstar 6-12lbs a month u mean year you should shut the fuck up u never know what you are talking about but post on everything u dumbshit

  • patriot

    I wonder if our for fathers of our country ever planned for our people to vote on one thing. Then to have our government completely change it around to suit their needs. Better for than the people that voted. I know for a fact that is not what they had planned. Your job is to uphold the will of the people. Not to do things to suit your own motives to control a new market. That is what is wrong with this country.Greed. I understand that you see that there is a blackmarket. With slippage from the medical marijuana program. Possibly. I wouldn’t know im not a medical grower, card holder patient or whatever. I saw this story on the news. BUT what I am in an american!!!! To see the people of our country/state to vote on one measure to only completely change right after is sickening!!! Your jobs is told up hold the will of the people. I know I said this all ready. It needed to be said again. Not to change it to suit your own needs to completely control a new market. If the marijuana is making its way onto the blackmarket. That is the police’s job the handle that end of it. When american’s have more and more of their rights stripped away in an unfair manner. And really after voting on something. They begin to distrust their government. Which is not what we need is this country. We need to be fair to one another and band together. We are going through hard times. We do not need division. So when you are in your sessions this week and when ever. Think of what our country used to be. What it’s supposed to be. What it could be again. With proper choices in fairness to others in what they voted on. Remember the oath you first took when sworn in. What it means. What it stands for who wrote it and why. Take money out of this whole issue, and think about people. The will of the people. Because that is what your job surely is. I know anyone a true american will do the right thing, and if in your position and fails to do the right thing than they are not.