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Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Rights at Risk with SB936Bonnie King Salem-News.com
More growers or fewer patients? What's the strategy?
(SALEM, Ore.) - There is a statewide email campaign underway reaching out to the members of the Measure 91 Implementation Committee, imploring them to vote "NO" on Senate Bill 936. SB 936 is a measure created to make things simpler. It seems that goal was lost from the beginning.
While sensible regulations and oversight of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is an honorable goal, SB 936 simply goes too far, costing too many patients their medicine and putting too much of a burden on medical providers.
For instance, under this Bill, growers may not provide for more than 2 patients in residential areas and cooperative gardens will be prohibited from growing for more than 4 patients anywhere.
It’s as if the marijuana conversation started yesterday, bringing to mind two questions: Where have these people been, and why haven’t they done their homework before sitting down at the decision table?
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is a SUCCESS. We have proven that it is possible to work together and do what’s right for our citizens. And yet, this bill seems to be set on tearing it apart.
Not only has the number of patients under a grower been drastically reduced, but they will be demanded to provide monthly reports to the Oregon Health Authority with detail in the semantics, beyond the expectations of any other farmers in our fair state.
Every aspect of their operation will need to be explained every month: Their plant numbers, production, processing, a list of whom the medical cannabis is provided for and they must keep these records for 7 years or be in violation of the law.
Here are some foreseen consequences of SB 936, should it pass:
Over 56% of voters just passed Measure 91. Maintaining the integrity of the measure, and the “color of the law” as understood by those that voted YES, should be the utmost priority in this discussion.
Oregon voters were directly told that Measure 91 would not impact OMMP.
Unless that was all sheep's clothing, SB936 will not pass. This bill appears to be more harmful than helpful to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. This is not a “recreational” question, it is only about patients and access to their medicine, something that should not be touched. It does not need to be confusing, unless one makes it so.
Sources: Dr. Phil Leveque; Alex Rogers (ICBC)
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