From Compassionate Oregon
For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2017 –
Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Face Daunting Changes Under New Legislation
Newly proposed legislation puts Oregon Liquor Control Commission in charge of medical growers and the ability to limit patient access to medications.
The state of Oregon will limit access to medicine for patients, further restrict access to growers for patients that cannot grow for themselves, and reduce the amount of cannabis that can be transferred to patients if the legislature moves forward with recently proposed changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
Legislation proposing integration of the medical marijuana grower program into the OLCC regulatory system was introduced as the “dash one” amendments to HB 2198 at Tuesday’s meeting of the Marijuana Regulation Committee. This amendment would require any Oregonian growing medical cannabis except for those growing for themselves at their primary residence, to fall under and be licensed by OLCC and meet all OLCC compliance issues.
“Oregon continues to have one of the strongest medical cannabis programs for patients in the nation. The state would be wise to maintain this impressive program that serves the needs of its patients and avoid temptation to merge the medical program with the state’s recently adopted adult use program.”
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS IN THE UNITED STATES
A PATIENT-FOCUSED ANALYSIS OF THE PATCHWORK OF STATE LAWS
2017 Annual Report prepared by ASA
Compassionate Oregon opposes these efforts and has launched our “Save Our Patients” Project to help educate legislators, educators and administrators about the efficacy of cannabis and the need to maintain the OMMP program as an anchor for these conversations.
The “Save Our Patients” Project is focused on the needs of medical marijuana patients and their issues. Current efforts to integrate medical growers into the commercial system put patients at risk of losing their access to low-cost medicines that in many cases are their only recourse to treat their condition.
As part of our efforts, Compassionate Oregon is pleased to announce the release of our first video clip in this project where health care professionals begin to discuss the benefits of cannabis for thousands of Oregonians and the need to maintain and expand the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
“Oregon has a had a strong history of compassionate care when it comes to Cannabis.” – Tom Burns.
“As a nurse that has been around HIV for 16 years, I can’t ignore the significance of this medication.” – Kim Hutchinson, Dir. of Nursing “Our House” Care Program
“We need to be a solution for patients that are using cannabis.” – Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA, CannaMD and recent speaker at the United Nations Power of Collaboration Global Summit
“If you want a solution to the opioid epidemic you have to take a hard look at cannabis.” – Dr. David Knox, MD
Please contact Anthony Taylor, President of Compassionate Oregon at 971.241.2707 for further questions.