Lawmakers Pitch Late-Session MMJ Bill 

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  Lawmakers Pitch Late-Session MMJ Bill 

Posted by CN Staff on May 18, 2011 at 19:53:18 PT
By Kimberly Melton, The Oregonian  
Source: Oregonian 

Salem, Oregon -- State lawmakers didn't move forward with any of the 20 bills that attempted to change Oregon's medical marijuana laws. But a small bi-partisan coalition of legislators has breathed new life into this controversial issue some thought tabled for the session. Today, the House Rules committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 3664, which aims to put more restrictions on who can receive a medical marijuana card and how many plants growers can produce. The bill also aims to give police greater access to patient and grower records.
Medical marijuana advocates say the bill is too far reaching and attempts to criminalize those who use the drug. Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, chief proponent of the bill, said he is not trying to kill the program but ensure that the option is available for patients who need it. "There's a real concern in this building among legislators when we have 20 bills on an issue," said Olson, a retired police officer. "The thing that drove most of those bills was a sense of abuse in the system. We wanted to move forward with something that puts in more accountability but still protects the patient and their needs." House Judiciary co-chairs Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach and Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, pushed for a workgroup to develop one bill to resolve what they say are clear problems and lax rules in the medical marijuana law approved by voters in 1998. Robert Wolfe, director of the Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative, which represents 14 medical marijuana advocacy groups, predicted that the bill would lead to more limited access for patients and more targeting by law enforcement. "The bill itself is a big problem," Wolfe said. "It only loosens the reins for this cowboy justice by sheriffs to pick on medical patients."  Snipped   Complete Article: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)Author:  Kimberly Melton, The Oregonian Published: May 18, 2011Copyright: 2011 The OregonianContact: letters news.oregonian.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #19 posted by FoM on May 20, 2011 at 16:57:49 PT
Thank you!
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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on May 20, 2011 at 10:14:54 PT
Celaya #11 & FoM #17 
Seen!and Faved!!!
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on May 19, 2011 at 18:25:57 PT
I hope that it happens in Ohio. I hope people can grow their own more then wanting dispensaries because it would be more affordable for people. People would share because people in rural Ohio always share their vegetables so I don't know why they wouldn't do the same thing with Cannabis. I would love to see health food stores that sell herbs be the ones that could sell it for a very reasonable price.
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Comment #16 posted by Sam Adams on May 19, 2011 at 18:13:52 PT
FOM I forgot that you're in Ohio! It looks like 2012 will be your lucky year. That's awesome. If it takes 300,000 signatures Peter Lewis can pay for it, no worries! What a great guy for medical patients, he is not going to sit around and let the feds take people down, he's going to do something about it.It sounds like he asked various groups to apply for the job, an interesting approach. Hopefully we will hear some good news about this process soon. I hope the referendum allows people to grow lots of it and also have hundreds of dispensaries, there are a lot of people in Ohio!
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on May 19, 2011 at 15:06:26 PT
I was very happy when I read about Ohio. I read one article that said Peter Lewis wants someone to do it or some org to do it. I think we need over 300,000 signatures. South Eastern Ohio is very rural and if they have to get signatures everywhere it would be almost impossible because no one could afford driving around and not getting many signatures. I could be wrong but that is what I thought was said in one article.
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Comment #14 posted by runruff on May 19, 2011 at 13:46:25 PT
These people don't know who they are messing with!
I can speak English in five different accents!
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Comment #13 posted by Sam Adams on May 19, 2011 at 13:44:46 PT
I'm glad Peter Lewis is doing a medical MJ referendum in Ohio next year - if the legalization referendums fail again the feds will absolutely tee off on medical MJ. A big medical win in Ohio will be critical if legalization fails. Eventually the states will sue the feds, that is going to be the way medical gets legal at the federal level.Also with 1,000 dispensaries in Colorado I'd say medical MJ is still doing very well. Legalization failed by a wide margin on the ballot in Colorado several years ago.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on May 19, 2011 at 12:47:48 PT
I believe we should address the Federal issue and get the laws changed once and for all.
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Comment #11 posted by Celaya on May 19, 2011 at 12:37:58 PT
Being played
At this point, medical marijuana is becoming quicksand, bogging down the movement. I believe as NORML's Russ Belville does. We must now fight for TOTAL re-legalization for all adults - especially in states that already have medical marijuana.Ending the monstrously destructive prohibition is the ONLY thing that will save medical patients AND recreational consumers. - I believe Californians will do it next year at the polls. The rest of the states, and the feds, will follow soon after.It's time to end the whole putrid American Inquisition!
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on May 19, 2011 at 12:11:11 PT
I don't know anything about gun laws. 
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on May 19, 2011 at 11:50:58 PT
Comment 8
At first, I thought, "That's odd". But it's not really. It's just saying that just because they use medical marijuana they won't lose their right to concealed carry. Which I think is very reasonable. It's unreasonable to assume that because they use cannabis that they are somehow unfit to have the right to conceal carry.Cannabis is certainly a far less volatile, really not "volatile" at all, thing to throw in amongst the gun rights issues, than alcohol and some other substances that people consume.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 19, 2011 at 11:23:22 PT
More Oregon News
Ore. High Court Rules Medical Pot Users Can Carry Concealed GunsURL:
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on May 19, 2011 at 10:41:18 PT
"A march on Salem" comment 4 Runruff
That would be absolutely wonderful if you could get it to happen. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on May 19, 2011 at 09:21:31 PT
Bullies and Thieves 
"The bill also aims to give police greater access to patient and grower records."
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on May 19, 2011 at 08:30:12 PT
Rep. Olson-helping patients by restricting access?
"Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, chief proponent of the bill, said he is not trying to kill the program but ensure that the option is available for patients who" (he decides) "need it." So, what are his medical credentials backing such assertive expertise in deciding who should have medical access???.......retired state police. However, at least one notable founding father foresaw the need to specifically include provisions for medical freedom in the Constitution. Dr. Benjamin Rush, considered one of the three most important founding fathers, stated:"The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic."Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers."Dr. Rush’s words prophesied this exact state of affairs over two hundred years later.He was worried about restricting medical care to one class. I'll bet Rush never imagined that the class controlling medical care could be the police by way of political careers.
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Comment #4 posted by museman on May 19, 2011 at 08:14:43 PT
I think
a march on Salem might be on order.People have been fooled by their governments for way too long.The current regime -including the president, all the way down to the county commissioners is as corrupt as the day is long. Even if the persons involved in this travesty had good intentions, those intentions were hi-jacked long before the populace gets to 'vote' on them.As the gas prices rise, the corporate thieves continue to be subsidized by the government to come up with more and more clever ways to circumnavigate the US Constitution and beat the middle class into economic submission, the people continue to labor for their coffers. The people continue to support all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.I had a friend of mine tell me the other day that the cops were 'on our side.' -just because some cops and firemen on the east coast got upset about their unions. And this guy has been a 'criminal' in their eyes as long as I have known him. If people like him can be fooled, well there must be a run of idiocy being swallowed on a daily basis -on the way to work, at work, and in front of the screen after work.I drove to town every day this past week and it cost me over $60 in gas. I haven't noticed even a slight decrease in traffic on the road, or even many cars older than a few years.Wages are statistically unmoving, as the food, power, gas prices have doubled in less that 6 months. And for many their wages have fallen.the 'dollar' is as valueless as it has ever been.And in every town and city in Amerika, the cops and their political masters scheme to create larger, and more numerous fees for their "services" - that our "taxes" are supposed to be paying for. I watched a cop run his engine for over 15 minutes -not even in the car- while he hung out with his firemen buddies, laughing and joking about some unfortunate that he'd rousted. Polluting my air, and burning up resource on our dime. Does anyone think that matters? Apparently not enough to get real with these robbers.We have a local government initiating ordinances that would effectively obliterate our constitutional right to freedom of assembly, and only a handful of people even know about it, because these usurpers of our constitutional liberties do things in secret and in private, behind the public's back, so that by the time anyone finds out, it is too late. Because, in order for the people to change or make a law, there are so many hoops and hurdles, most people give up before they've even gotten halfway through the bureaucratic paperwork. But the 'legislators' can wipe out what took the people years to compile at great expense, in a week of 'closed sessions' -and WE PAY THEM TO DO IT!!!!!  And the list of offences is so long people would get tired and probably a headache trying to assimilate all the facts about this corruption that is embedded in the governments of our entire country.I would hitchhike, pile as many as I can into my van for sharing gas, ride my bike, and bring as many as I could with me to Salem to demonstrate just how the people really feel about their government doing all these things against the peoples permission. But they got most of us over their materialistic/economic barrel. They have instilled such fear of 'not having' that we the people have sat back and watched the progress of the loss of our liberties every day on the news, ignorantly thinking that "It doesn't have anything to do with us."Well when the man gets you, for whatever reason -pot just being one of their favorite, easy money busts, you will remember what runruff, myself, and many, many others have seen up close and personal; THESE ARE NOT PUBLIC SERVANTS!!Hey Oregon, wanna go to Salem?Sounds like a great TeaPot Party event!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on May 19, 2011 at 07:53:14 PT
Foxes guarding the hen house.
Is it plain why cops and lawyers should not become lawmakers-duh!It is alarming how many ex-cops and prosecutors are becoming law makers in our government! What the heck is up with the voters? Are we a country full of Wal-Mart Shoppers to fixed on cheaper toys to pay attention to what is happening to our freedoms?What do you believe cops want? They are taking us pell-mell toward a police state!I am convinced that this is one of the multi-pronged attacks against our freedoms by the feds who have taken every conceivable approach to this end to date. Simple plan, stack the state legislature with shills until they have enough to effect legislation in the various states. This is happening folks!
Whenever you have this much profit and control at stake, they will fight dirty and they will fight tooth and nail!
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Comment #2 posted by Tim on May 19, 2011 at 03:49:15 PT:
If there was only a way to get it through to Mr. Olson that it's not the government's place to protect the people....
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on May 18, 2011 at 20:13:55 PT
The "Trough-feeders double speak".
WE want to help the sick by making it impossible to get their medicine.Cowboy justice. Pretty much what I was saying in another post, except I would replace the word justice with just-us and change cowboy to Attila the Hun.They are America's "in house" terrorist!
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