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OregonLive.com — “Oregon’s Measure 74: Regulation Is The Key For Supplying Medical Marijuana”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 5, 2010

    On November 3, 2009, Maine voters became the first to approve — by initiative — the creation of state-licensed not-for-profit dispensaries to assist in the production and distribution of marijuana to qualified patients. This November, Oregon citizens will decide on the issue when they vote on Measure 74, The Oregon Regulate Medical Marijuana Supply System Act of 2010.

    Since 1998, tens of thousands of Oregonians have received state approval to use and grow cannabis for medical purposes. Measure 74 — which was recently endorsed by the Democrat Party of Oregon — seeks to provide these patients with safe, above-ground, reliable access to their medicine.

    Oregon’s Measure 74: Regulation is the key for supplying medical marijuana
    via OregonLive.com

    [excerpt] Clearly, we need to balance supply and demand in any regulated system. We must bring medical marijuana supplies under the law, but not strangle the new system. After all, we don’t limit the number of pharmacies in Oregon — instead, we regulate them. By any measure, medical marijuana will be far more tightly restricted.

    There can be no doubt that we need to act. The current system is unworkable and completely unregulated. There are now thousands of legal, medical marijuana growers across Oregon, but not a single one is ever inspected. No one pays taxes. Anyone can go into business, without background checks.

    … All of this would change under Measure 74. Producers and suppliers would need to get licenses, pay taxes, subject themselves to inspections and have open books. Suppliers would also need to operate as not-for-profit enterprises.

    Measure 74’s tough rules, enforced by inspections and fines, provide a better alternative.

    Measure 74 will improve the quality of life for seriously ill patients who qualify for medical use of marijuana under existing law. It removes the fear and uncertainty patients face now and will put a stop to black-market profiteers exploiting patients for financial gain.

    We all share common concerns for our communities and a basic compassion for the seriously ill. Let’s pass Measure 74 and agree to come together as Oregonians to make the system work.

    Further information about Measure 74 is available here and here.

    13 Responses to “OregonLive.com — “Oregon’s Measure 74: Regulation Is The Key For Supplying Medical Marijuana””

    1. Rick says:

      Okay.. seriously.. why is Texas so far behind in medical marijuana laws!!

    2. What’s this mean, Paul:

      http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N05210230.htm

      Juz askin: no big.

      [Editor’s note: The Reuters Foundation polling appears to run counter to all of the other polling on Prop 19, claiming the reverse of the other polls (ie, most polls indicate Prop 19 has a 7-8 point lead whereas the Reuters polling indicates Prop 19 is down by 8-9 points). Since they don’t publish their cross tabulations and methodology it is hard to assign they’re findings much credibility.

      Also, the Reuters Foundation appears bias by commissioning a poll under the guise of ‘alerting humanitarians of emergencies’. Unless one opposes cannabis law reform, why would a Proposition to legalize cannabis be considered a ‘humanitarian emergency’?]

    3. Thanks for posting Progressive Reform of Oregon’s commercial. Here is the Youtube URL:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZusHqhky4Q

    4. I disagree with passing laws that regulate a plant, the exception being prop 19 in California. I’d hold my nose and vote for that one due to the ripple effect in other states.

      Measure 74? NOPE. MORE regulation is not what is needed. LESS government intervention in people’s lives is what is needed.

    5. Rhayader says:

      I’m generally in favor of official recognition of the cannabis industry and getting everything above-board. If I lived in Oregon I would vote “Yes” for this measure.

      But I’m not exactly clear on why all these initiatives specify “not-for-profit” models for dispensaries. We don’t tell CVS or Wyeth or Anheuser-Busch that they can’t make profits in their businesses. So long as dispensary purveyors are legitimate, by-the-rules businesspeople, what exactly is the problem with them making a profit with their business?

      Again, I think this initiative is a positive step forward, and given the chance I would vote for it. But this whole obsession with being “non-profit” seems weird to me.

    6. Hippie says:

      First,I’d like to thank NORML for all the great changes you’ve made to our dieing country. I have to say that regulations do need to be put in place to ensure the quality of life for the patients. Taxing people isn’t going to help if they just spend that money trying to keep it illegal. If, and only if they legalize it for all will taxing it do any good. I’m sure you already know that the government is spending billions on the war on drugs, most of it on marijuana, medical or not. Im also sure you know that its our tax money thats fueling that war. Now don’t get me wrong drugs are bad. They ruin families and are responsible for most crimes. But marijuana isn’t a drug, its an at home herbal remedy at the most. So until I know for sure that my own tax money isn’t going to be used to arrest me for buying a bag, I’m not paying crap.

    7. Brian says:

      Do these rules prevent caretaker homegrowing?

      Tobacco is heavily regulated and you can not grow at home. Look at the product. Do you want MJ to go down that route?

      Ok, it makes sense to have a small number of common sense regulations for dispensaries, but homegrowing better still be allowed or you are going to see very ill effects from an over-regulated government monopoly on medical marijuana.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Oregon’s home growing regulations, which are among the most liberal in the nation, remain unchanged under this measure.]

    8. I appreciate people’s concerns about regulation and the non-profit model.

      The added regulation of Measure 74 only applies to people who choose to become a licensed producer or establish a dispensary. Patients, caregivers and growers will not be subject to any more regulation. Similar to cooking food. Cooking at home for yourself doesn’t involve any regulation, but if you wish to open a restaurant, then there are regulations you must comply with.

      The nonprofit model was adopted because this is medicine that people depend on. Activists felt that we should strive to keep prices as low as possible for patients. There will likely be a different model when we legalize it for all adults.

      All in all, Measure 74 benefits patients, the state and is a step in the right direction.

      http://www.measure74.org/
      http://www.measure74.com/
      http://www.pro-oregon.org/

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