Medical Pot Bill Advances

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  Medical Pot Bill Advances

Posted by CN Staff on June 20, 2013 at 04:36:58 PT
By Saul Hubbard, The Register-Guard 
Source: Register-Guard 

Salem -- Lawmakers are advancing a plan that would legalize and regulate medical marijuana retailers in Oregon, a move that proponents say would eliminate the legal gray area where as many as 200 such facilities already are operating. On Wednesday, the Legislature’s chief budget committee approved House Bill 3460 by a comfortable margin. The bill now heads to the House floor, with a vote expected next week. 
Under the existing rules of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, the 53,000 individuals prescribed marijuana by a doctor can either grow their own or reimburse a state-registered grower to do so for them. Growers aren’t legally allowed to turn a profit, only to be reimbursed for supplies and utilities needed for cultivation. That setup isn’t practical for many cardholders, advocates say, and retail sites, known as “dispensaries,” have emerged as natural middlemen between patients and growers.They aren’t legal, but in many instances law enforcement officials treat them with a “hands-off” approach. There have been some high-profile exceptions, however, including two raids on dispensaries in Eugene in the past year and a series of raids of Medford facilities last month. Under HB 3460, all dispensaries would have to purchase an annual $4,000 license to cover the costs of administering the new state program. Dispensaries would have to maintain records of the amount of marijuana they receive and sell, which law enforcement or program administrators could inspect. They couldn’t be located in residential areas, or within 1,000 feet of schools or of one another. They would have to test all marijuana sold for pesticides, mold and mildew. While dispensaries couldn’t turn a profit, they could recoup from their sales any costs associated with purchasing marijuana from growers or their operations, including rent, staff salaries and supplies. Rep. Peter Buckley, an Ashland Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill, said Wednesday that its intent is “to try to get some regulation” on existing dispensaries. Rep. Tim Freeman, a Roseburg Republican, said he can’t support the bill because it doesn’t include financial aid to law enforcement to help crack down on dispensaries that don’t become licensed and therefore continue to operate illegally. “There’s nothing in the bill that gives law enforcement more teeth to eliminate the illegal ones,” he said. Sen. Alan Bates, an Ashland Democrat, said he supports the bill because it means “at least we’ll know which (dispensaries) are legal ones,” although he noted that illegal marijuana sales could still occur in legal premises. The legislation leaves other issues unaddressed, Bates added, including “huge pot farms” in Southern Oregon that ostensibly grow medical marijuana for Oregonians but which produce “pot that has been traced all over the United States.” Sen. Fred Girod, a Stayton Republican, said the state’s medical marijuana program has essentially “made it a legal drug here in Oregon.” HB 3460 continues that trend, he said. “I can’t agree with the path we’re going down,” he said. The bill scored two high-profile endorsements this week from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum — who received significant financial support from pro-­marijuana groups during her campaign last fall — and from the League of Oregon Cities. Conversely, opposition from law enforcement groups has been muted throughout the session. Should HB 3460 become law, rules for dispensaries will most likely still be fine-tuned by the Oregon Health Authority before the new program becomes operational in 2014, said Geoff Sugerman, a lobbyist for the advocacy group Oregonians for Medical Rights. Additionally, under the bill, individual cities could adopt further “time, place, and manner” restrictions on dispensaries, he said. “The goal here was not to write every single rule, it was more to provide a framework so that these businesses could be licensed and regulated,” he said.Source: Register-Guard, The (OR)Author: Saul Hubbard, The Register-GuardPublished: June 20, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Register-GuardContact: rgletters guardnet.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #9 posted by Mark702 on June 24, 2013 at 12:31:19 PT:

Article says "the 53,000 individuals prescribed marijuana by a doctor can either grow their own..."A doctor can only "recommend" not prescribe.
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Comment #8 posted by museman on June 21, 2013 at 13:27:39 PT

Noam Chomsky
-from the link-"Obama is the head of the largest terrorist organization in the world."No shit Miss Dixie! And just what 'organization' do people think that is, something he brought into office with him? Nah we've all been duped. The US Government is the "Largest Terrorist Organization in the world." So why do americans keep supporting it?Time to wake up while you still have a bed to sleep in!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on June 21, 2013 at 06:47:02 PT

Trans Pacific Partnership Will Increase GMOs... 
Worldwide, whether the public want them or not.GMO cannabis: it was predicted here at cannabisnews.Watch Noam Chomsky on Secrecy, Terrorism and Google GRITtv with Laura Flanders Episodes News & Politics Videos Blip
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on June 20, 2013 at 12:35:59 PT

Farm Bill Failed
I think that means the hemp bill is dead too.
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Comment #5 posted by museman on June 20, 2013 at 09:34:02 PT

the government...
"Dear congress, each and every day that you are on the take and hence not doing your job, is a day that the USA goes backwards, higher unemployment, lower life expectancy, etc. etc. And, congress, this has been going on for about 100 years, time to work for the American people now, Ok?"Deaf ears my friend. And its been going on a hell of a lot longer than just a hundred years.There are no representatives of the people in government, as is evidenced by this bill here in Oregon. I ask the Oregon Legislature; "Is this what the People of Oregon voted for? Or are you, like the friggin' lawyers you are, feeling superior in your 'ability' to interpret the 'will of the people?"People need to wake up and smell the corruption, and realize its deeper, older, and has been going on a lot longer than we've all been led to believe.Bottom line, what good is a vote if there is no one to vote for that isn't part of the exclusive club of elitists that rule this country and most of the rest if the world?In this so called 'constitutional' system of some 'form' of democratic government, it is a scam and a sham, and does not exist. It was a struggle to even get such an idea recognized by the 'framers' of our constitutional law, who essentially wanted to establish a new 'kingdom' ruled by the supplanted royals that paid for the war (in the final stages.)It sickens me daily to see how people continue to support the lying, thieving world destroyers as 'legal' and 'proper' authority -when nothing could be further from the truth.People in the third world are rising up because their countries governments have not realized the "Bread and Games" scenario the US has its people all wrapped up in. The conditions have pushed them over the edge. Here in america that edge is defined by access to entertainment, and so far the Powers That Be have maintained the illusion of prosperity through the media, and since even the homeless have access to internet and TV to some degree (I've seen 'em with cell phones and Ipods) even they manage to forget that their country let them down for abut 45 minutes at a shot, and the longer they've been homeless, the greater likelihood of alcoholism ensures that they are pretty much mindless zombies by 9 or 10 at night.And who would think there was a 'gas shortage' and an 'economic crunch' while all these brand new SUVs crowd me and my toyota right off the road as if owning an older, more gas efficient car pisses them off?Its all right up front, in full view, but there seems to be some kind of digital device in front of everyone's eyes. Go figure.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #4 posted by BGreen on June 20, 2013 at 09:11:41 PT

Let's not go the genetic modification route
We don't need to monkey with the genetic makeup of cannabis just to help prohibition. Then again, maybe some breeder will introduce a naturally occurring fluorescent glow for cannabis that will fool the stupid who need to see the glow in order to see the obvious? What in the world will we do then?I've got an idea. How about we use that 90% of our brains that we now don't? Whether by God or evolution it was given to us because it was needed. Unfortunately, we seem to be ruled by those who don't even fully use the other 10%.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on June 20, 2013 at 08:38:08 PT

"We solved 'that' problem through research..."
Really? Where is the hemp then? So in Jefferson's days nobody could grow hemp, because 'they' could not distinguish it? It was not glowing fluorescent green?Who do you think we are? Idiots? These dumb a**es in congress, completely hopeless with an approval rating of 10%, go figure...Dear congress, each and every day that you are on the take and hence not doing your job, is a day that the USA goes backwards, higher unemployment, lower life expectancy, etc. etc. And, congress, this has been going on for about 100 years, time to work for the American people now, Ok?Many thanks, we the people!
Hemp Materials!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 20, 2013 at 08:04:09 PT

Excerpt From The Hill
Late Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said there has been some success splicing a gene into hemp plants that allow them to emit a fluorescent glow, making it easier to differentiate between it and marijuana."So now the hemp that grows is fluorescent, and so you can clearly tell the difference between the hemp and the marijuana," Peterson said. "So we have solved that problem through research."
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 20, 2013 at 08:02:25 PT

Hemp Article From The Hill
House Approves Hemp Cultivation in Colleges, UniversitiesJune 20, 2013URL:
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