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Oregon Senate Passes Harmful Medical Marijuana Bill

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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.

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70 Comments

  1. Robert Smith on

    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

  2. Robert Smith on

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

  3. Robert Smith on

    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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Karen McCormick on

    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.

  8. Karen McCormick on

    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.

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