Yesterday was a big day for medical marijuana in Oregon. The Voter Power Foundation (same people that wrote Oregon’s medical law) turned in over 60,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office in an attempt to get on November’s ballot. Their hope: to start a medical marijuana dispensary system in Oregon. In order to get on the ballot, they only need 21,769 more signatures (see attached story). In my opinion, success is inevitable. If signature gatherers hit the U of O campus, stood outside of head-shops in the Willamette Valley, and posted up in the State of Jefferson, 21,769 signatures would only take an afternoon.
Would dispensaries be good for Oregon? There are currently 5 states that offer dispensaries, and the results have been mixed. Patients get ultimate access to quality medicine, but it also comes with the possibility of zoning laws, robberies, etc., and that’s assuming dispensaries catch on. Oregon has had a medical marijuana program since 1998, and since the beginning, participants have had to cultivate their own medicine or have someone do it for them. So this is my question; If over 15,000 medical growers are operating in Oregon, how many of them will continue to distribute their medicine the way they have been for 11 years? How many will actually take it to a state licensed dispensary to sell it? How many will continue to, um, ‘get rid of it’ the way they have been? I guess only time will tell. Do you want dispensaries to come to Oregon? Let me know what you think.