Oregon Senate Committee Approves Bill to Tamper With State MMJ Program

The Oregon Senate Special Committee, charged with creating rules regarding Oregon Measure 91, voted unanimously to send Senate Bill 964. The proposed bill would make serious changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).

Among these changes is a stipulation that all medical cannabis growers would be required to submit a report each month to Oregon Health Authority stating the “number of mature and immature marijuana plants, the amount of marijuana leaves and flowers being dried, and the amount of usable marijuana, in the person’s possession” and “the number of mature and mature marijuana plants, and the amount of usable marijuana, that the person transfers to each registry identification cardholder for whom the person produces marijuana.” The monthly report would also be required to note the “amount of usable marijuana that the person transfers to each marijuana processing site: and…to each medical marijuana dispensary.”

The bill also creates grow site limits. Grow sites within cities would be limited to a maximum of 12 mature plants, irrespective of the number of patients registered to the site. Grow sites registered prior to January 1st, 2015 can be grandfathered in with a maximum of 24 mature plants. Similar rules apply to sites outside city limits, with caps at 48 and 96 plants.

The bill would also allow cities or counties to ban the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries and processing sites within their jurisdictions.

Oregon Measure 91, on which the Special Committee was created to work on, states in three different places that the OMMP should be left unchanged, regardless of what rules the committee makes for recreational marijuana.



Photo Credit: Jessica Paterson

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