Oregon: Governor Signs Law Authorizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 14, 2013

    Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber today signed legislation, House Bill 3460, into law establishing regulations for the creation of state-licensed medical cannabis facilities.

    The law tasks the Oregon Health Authority with crafting rules and regulations over the following nine months to govern the new statewide distribution system.

    Oregon voters initially approved a statewide initiative in 1998 mandating state lawmakers to allow for physicians to authorize qualified patients to consume and grow cannabis. However, that law did not explicitly provide legal protections for outlets that wished to dispense the substance to authorized patients.

    Presently, an estimated 200 unlicensed cannabis dispensing facilities are operating throughout the state. An estimated 57,000 Oregonians are registered with the state to consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

    Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, DC now have licensed medical cannabis dispensaries up and running. (California dispensaries are not licensed by the state.) Similar dispensary outlets are in the process of opening in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Nevada and New Hampshire.

    21 responses to “Oregon: Governor Signs Law Authorizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries”

    1. JohnyAppleSeed says:

      Good, that’s one step closer for the death and destruction of the infamous and evil black market which is run by greedy and filthy people who will put glass in weed to weigh it down or lead particles.. or in my case, dipped in the toxic waste by-product of making meth! DIE BLACK MARKET AND BE REPLACED BY BIG MARIJUANA! THE BIG MARIJUANA INDUSTRY SHALL TRAMPLE THE FEW EVIL DEALERS!

    2. RevsLeezy says:

      Holy Smokes. One step at a time we will win this war. People need safe access.

    3. BK says:

      That is what needs to be done. If it is going to be legal then get it out of the hands of “joe the pusher”. You folks can’t have it both ways. If you want it legal then the states are gonna want their share like taxes on booze and cigarettes and it should be regulated and controlled. If it is truly going to be legalized and we must still push for the total package of legalization period, not just for medical reasons then we will have to tolerate control, regulation and taxes. We must prove the feds wrong and make it a legit profitable business for states and the people otherwise I’ll still be getting my weed from the corner pusher.

    4. MILFmade Medibles says:

      Got to budtend the day of the signing … just blocks away …wow hope I can make a different economy… now how to you let the one that dont have cards gain access? Next steps…

    5. Very pleased. says:

      I’m so happy that Oregon can now have dispensaries! I work at a medical marijuana clinic in Oregon, and I can not describe how bad it felt to tell patients, when they asked about dispensaries, that I couldn’t give them any information about that. Due to it previously being a gray-area legally here in Oregon, our clinic didn’t disclose such information, since we try our hardest to follow the state laws as much as such a controversial type of medicine, that is federally illegal, can be.

      A lot of patients who I talk to will be delighted to hear this information. I’M delighted. Not everyone has someone who they are close to and are comfortable enough with to list as their grower, and now card holders have have an alternative safe, protected method to help them get their medicine!

    6. mother nurture says:

      I am so relieve to see nature win….especially With all of the man made prescription drug recall….have you ever seen a commercial…MARIJUANNA BAD DRUG….CALL IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED GOOD SLEEP,APPITIE,AND EXTREME MELLOWNESS…? EXACTLY ????????WE FINALLY ARE ALL ON THE SAME WAVE LENGTH…..

    7. Vape Forest says:

      Go Oregon and go Gov. Kitzhaber! Nice to see Oregon moving forward with their medical program. Should be interesting to see what the Oregon Health Authority comes up with for rules and regulations.

    8. Runamuk1 says:

      How sad. AFTER reading HB3460; clearly none of you have. Read it!! I see the standard knee-jerk reactions. Now watch as what was easy access at a fair price will now become 10-20 dollars per gram. Because YOU didn’t read the bill you are so happy to accept…with this passing the “State Seller” can charge for rent and mortgage along with well you didn’t care enough to read it..and this is better? (9)(a) A registry identification cardholder or the designated primary caregiver of a reg-
      istry identification cardholder may reimburse a medical marijuana facility registered under
      this section for the normal and customary costs of doing business, including costs related
      to transferring, handling, securing, insuring, testing, packaging and processing usable
      marijuana and immature marijuana plants and the cost of supplies, utilities and rent or
      (b) A medical marijuana facility may reimburse a person responsible for a marijuana
      grow site under this section for the normal and customary costs of doing business, including
      costs related to transferring, handling, securing, insuring, testing, packaging and processing
      usable marijuana and immature marijuana plants and the cost of supplies, utilities and rent
      or mortgage.
      Enrolled House Bill 3460 (HB 3460-B) Page 2

      Stupid humans….
      T. Craig

      [Editor’s note: Yah…no one read the bill but you. BTW, welcome to reality!]

    9. brainpain says:

      Runamuk1.. So sad that Rush Limbaugh set the standard for this type of scorched Earth nonsense diatribe about your fellow humans. Not much room there for insight, compassion, human error, telling us way more about you than you even suspect. Sorry for the loss of your humanity.

    10. cas says:

      freedom at last in oregon,xtra meds 503-8307788,wholesale u-cut program from 2500 each oregon card holders only.4-6 lbrs.
      and for the economy jobs,20.00 hr. p/t start in may,2014.souther oregon just saved its self from becoming a ghost town.