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Oregon Police Use Google Earth to Bust Marijuana Garden

October 23rd

GRANTS PASS, OR — Police say the view from space helped them bust a medical marijuana garden with too many plants in Southern Oregon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that authorities received a tip that 50-year-old Curtis W. Croft was bragging about all the pot he was growing on his property outside Grants Pass. Investigators […]

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Oregon Governor Signs Law Authorizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

August 15th

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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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulation Bill Heads to Governor

July 7th

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

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Oregon Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

July 4th

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

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Oregon Senate Committee Tweaks Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

June 30th

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.

Medical marijuana dispensaries already exist in Oregon, but are operating in a legal grey area.  The O. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Heads to Senate

June 26th

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

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Oregon House Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

June 25th

SALEM, OR — The Oregon House voted 31-27 Monday to approve a bill that would license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide.  The bill has now been sent to the Senate for consideration.

Earlier last week, the bill received endorsements from Oregon Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum, who said that the passage of the bill will help to ensure that all patients with a valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card will be able to obtain medical marijuana “safely, predictably, promptly and legally.”

The bill, House Bill 3460, directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana facilities.  Such facilities exist presently in the state but are unregulated and are subject to state and local prosecution.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Peter Buckley and Sen. Floyd Prozanski, both Democrats, would require medical marijuana facilities to seek a license from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program similar to the license that patients and registered growers are required to obtain under current law.

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Vote Expected This Week on Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

June 24th

SALEM, OR — Lawmakers in the Oregon legislature are expected to vote this week, possibly as early as today, on a bill that would licence and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide.

The bill  was approved the Ways and Means committee last Thursday on a 13-2 vote among House members and 6-5 vote among Senate members.

Earlier last week, the bill received endorsements from Oregon Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum, who said that the passage of the bill will help to ensure that all patients with a valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card will be able to obtain medical marijuana “safely, predictably, promptly and legally.”

The bill, House Bill 3460, directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana facilities.  Such facilities exist presently in the state but are unregulated and are subject to state and local prosecution.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Peter Buckley and Sen. Floyd Prozanski, both Democrats. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulation Bill Advances

June 21st

SALEM, OR — A bill that would license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon received a favorable recommendation from a key committee Thursday, and looks to be heading to the floor of the full House for a vote.

Earlier this week, the bill received endorsements from Oregon Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum, who said that the passage of the bill will help to ensure that all patients with a valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card will be able to obtain medical marijuana “safely, predictably, promptly and legally.”

The bill, House Bill 3460, directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana facilities.  Such facilities exist presently in the state but are unregulated and are subject to state and local prosecution.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Peter Buckley and Sen. Floyd Prozanski, both Democrats, would require medical marijuana facilities to seek a license from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program similar to the license that patients and registered growers are required to obtain under current law.

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Oregon Attorney General Endorses Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

June 19th

SALEM, OR — A bill that would expand Oregon’s medical marijuana program to authorize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries has been endorsed by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who has sent letters to state lawmakers in support of the bill.

House Bill 3460, which is scheduled for a hearing at 4:30 today by the House Ways and Means Committee, would direct the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana dispensaries, which exist in the state but are unregulated and are subject to state and local prosecution.

“Over the past several years approximately 150 medical marijuana facilities have opened and continue to operate in Oregon without regulation on licensure,” Attorney General Rosenblum wrote in a letter of endorsement to the bill’s primary sponsors in the legislature.

“These facilities operate in a climate of uncertain legality, and the absence of a clear regulatory structure makes ensuring compliance with the law difficult. HB 3460 tackles this problem by putting in place a regulatory framework for marijuana facilities, giving the Oregon Health Authority oversight and control over their lawful operation, and thereby ensuring that all persons with a valid Oregon Medical mar. . . . . READ MORE

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