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 — A committee in the Oregon Senate has amended a House-approved bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide.
Two significant changes were made to the bill Saturday by the Senate Committee on Rules following concerns voiced from the Oregon District Attorneys Association, who changed their position on the bill from “opposed” to “neutral” after the changes were made.
In the original bill, anyone with two or more prior convictions for distribution or manufacturing a controlled substance in the state of Oregon would be prohibited from operating a dispensary. Under the changes made Saturday, the restrictions were expanded to apply to anyone with one prior conviction, regardless of where that conviction took place.
The other significant change was the elimination of a provision included in the original bill that limited the criminal liability of existing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state if they are prosecuted before the new law takes effect.
SALEM, OR – A bill that would create a registry of medical marijuana outlets and help legitimate the state’s thriving medical marijuana industry passed a major hurdle Monday, winning approval in the House. The bill, House Bill 3460, now goes to the state Senate.
The bill passed the House 31 to 27 on a near party-line vote Monday. All Republicans opposed it, and all Democrats but two supported it.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) allows patients to grow their own medicine or have someone else to it for them. But many patients have complained that they can grow marijuana themselves, can’t find a reliable grower, and have to either do without or resort to the black market.
In the past few years, dispensaries have opened up to serve patient needs, but they have operated in a grey area since the OMMA did not specifically provide for them. That has led to differences in access to medical marijuana based on the attitudes of local officials.
In Multnomah County (Portland), for example, medical marijuana outlets have been largely tolerated, but providers have been raided in less tolerant areas of th. . . . . READ MORE