SALEM, OR — A bill that will expand the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to allow the licencing and regulating of medical marijuana dispensaries was signed into law Wednesday by Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber. The bill, House Bill 3460, will give the Oregon Health Authority the ability to license, regulate, inspect and audit medical marijuana dispensaries in […]
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SALEM, OR — A bill that would expand the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to include licencing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries is heading to the desk of Governor John Kitzhaber (D) after House members concurred Saturday with Senate amendments to the bill.
The Oregon Senate voted Wednesday to approve House Bill 3460, which was approved by the House in June. Because of some changes made to the bill by a Senate committee, the House met Saturday to approve those changes.
The bill will now be sent to Gov. Kitzhaber, who is expected to sign the legislation into law. Earlier last week, Gov. Kitzhaber gave final approval to two bills that reduce marijuana penalties for in the state.
Medical marijuana dispensaries already exist in Oregon, but are operating in a legal grey area. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) allows patients to grow their own medicine or have someone else to i. . . . . READ MORE
SALEM, OR — The Oregon Senate voted Wednesday to approve a bill that a House-approved bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide.
The bill, House Bill 3460, was approved without debate by an 18-12 bi-partisan, and now heads back to the House to approve some changes made by a Senate committee last week. The House is expected to vote on the changes this weekend.
Medical marijuana dispensaries already exist in Oregon, but are operating in a legal grey area. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) allows patients to grow their own medicine or have someone else to it for them, but does not provide for — or prohibit — medical marijuana dispensaries from operating.
This has led to varied differences in toleration of the dispensaries based on the attitudes of local officials. In some areas of the state, such as Multnomah County, which includes the city of Portland, dispensaries have been largely tolerated. But providers have been raided in less tolerant areas of the state, with operators fa. . . . . READ MORE
SALEM, OR — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Monday signed into law two measures that will reduce the punishments for certain marijuana-related offenses. The changes go into effect immediately.
The first, Senate Bill 40, lowers the penalties for possession of more than an ounce of pot. Under the old laws, possession of more than four ounces was a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Now, it becomes a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years in prison. Similarly, possession of between one and four ounces was a Class B felony; now, it becomes a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months.
It also reclassifies offenses involving the possession of less than 1/4 ounce of hashish from a felony to a Class B misdemeanor.
SB 40 also reduces the penalties for marijuana cultivation. Unlawful manufacture was a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; now, it becomes a Class B felony dropping the maximum sentence by half.
Possession of less than an ounce of pot is decriminalized in Oregon, but people cited for possession also faced a mandatory suspension of driving privileges unless there were “compelling circumstances” not do. READ MORE
SALEM, OR — Lawmakers in the Oregon legislature have voted to approve two marijuana reform bills, sending them to the desk of Governor John Kitzhaber for approval.
Senate Bill 40 reclassifies marijuana offenses involving the possession of over one ounce, but less than four ounces of marijuana from a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six months.
The bill also reclassifies offenses involving the possession of less than 1/4 ounce of hashish from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Possession of an ounce or less is already a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and caries no possible jail time.
Senate Bill 82 eliminates the suspension of driving privileges for those convicted of possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, which affects an estimated 5,000 Oregon residents per year.
Both bills received strong bi-partisan support in both chambers of the legislature.
A separate measure that would would license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the state READ MORE