|Two Face Terms Today on Medical Marijuana|
Posted by CN Staff on September 29, 2005 at 07:04:42 PT|
By Sarah Hunsberger
Oregon City -- Two medical marijuana growers, including one who told police that Jesus called him to "grow the herb" for sick people, will be sentenced today in a case that highlights ambiguities in Oregon's medical marijuana law.
Shawn Flury, 44, and David Thomas Howard, 51, this month joined the ranks of growers convicted on felony drug charges for violating the state's medical marijuana law at their Clackamas County greenhouse.
"The whole thing is a morass," Clackamas County Circuit Judge Ronald Thom said of the medical marijuana law during the trial.
As the men are sentenced today, the state is preparing to change the law so it is easier for police to interpret and harder for criminals to exploit.
More than 11,000 Oregonians hold state registration cards that authorize them to use medical marijuana. They have the option of growing their marijuana or designating someone else, called a "caregiver," to do it for them.
State lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to modify the law during the 2003 Legislature. They agreed to some changes in the waning hours of the 2005 session, approving Senate Bill 1085 with bipartisan support. The changes take effect Jan. 1.
Sgt. Joel Lujan of the Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section said the changes will make it easier for police, growers and patients to know what's legal and what's not.
"There was a lot of room for interpretation, and now it's clear-cut," Lujan said.
Complete Article: http://www.freedomtoexhale.com/today.htm
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
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Comment #2 posted by RadicalRuss on September 29, 2005 at 13:11:55 PT:|
|The law that goes into effect Jan 1, 2006, is SB 1085 (a.k.a. the "24/24" Law) and it is a huge victory for medical marijuana activists in the state of Oregon.|
Governor signs SB 1085: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/action.shtml The text of SB 1085: http://www.leg.state.or.us/05reg/measpdf/sb1000.dir/sb1085.en.pdf
The highlights of the law:
A medical marijuana patient may possess up to 24 OUNCES of useable marijuana.
A patient or caregiver may grow 24 plants -- 6 full flowering plants of any size and 18 immature plants, with the definition of "immature" increased to a non-flowering plant no more than 12" tall and 12" in diameter.
A grow site may be maintained away from the caregiver's or patient's property, and may grow for up to four registered patients.
"Delivery" of marijuana does not include non-paid transfers of marijuana from one cardholder to another.
Licensed health care professionals may now administer medical marijuana within a licensed health care facility (but are not required to, though).
A system may be developed to assist law enforcement in identifying legal medical marijuana patients and grow sites, but must identify themselves to acces that information and may not share that information for any purpose with any other entity.
The creation of an eleven-member advisory committe for medical marijuana at the Department of Human Services.
If a growsite or patient or caregiver is found by law enforcement in violation of the 24/24 limits, they may only seize the excess usable marijuana and plants, not the entire amount found.
Oregon NORML was one of many groups instrumental in shepherding this law through the legislature. Please join us in celebrating this huge victory, which makes Oregon's medical marijuana program the most lenient and compassionate program in the United States. This November 26th from 9AM to 6PM we present the 2005 Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards™ at the Ambridge Center in Portland, OR. Tickets are only $10 and are available to the general public.
For more information, see http://www.OrNORML.org for all the details.
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|Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on September 29, 2005 at 07:22:58 PT|
|then and there cannabis was legal to possess. If you had an ounce or less, no problem. |
Purdy dern clear cut, you know hey.
I happened to have some back then and there in Oregon.
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