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OMMP Changes! HB3400 or SB936 & who is behind them? (time to call your legislators)

March 29, 2015 | Home

This week there are 2 important meetings at the state capitol (click here to view the agenda) that have the potential to dramatically change the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

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Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon speaking at the OMMBC. Taylor is largely credited with successfully adding PTSD to the OMMP qualifying conditions and was Oregon’s first paid pot lobbyist.

There are 2 pieces of legislation being sponsored that are similar yet vastly different.  They both seek to adapt the OMMP to “harmonize” with the implementation of M91 (adult-use legalization which goes into effect this July.)  Plant reporting and limiting patients per garden address are seeming inevitable.  So far, there have not been limits set and if these limits are too harsh, many patients will lose their grower.

SB 936 proposes to set the limit for medical marijuana plants at 4 patients per address.
HB 3400 sets it at 8 patients.
They both limit grows in densely populated residential areas to 2 patients.

In response activists are rallying-

Portland NORML posted “OMMP Under Attack” and has a van (I believe to be driven by Radical Russ Belville) going from Portland to Salem on Monday.  If you want get info on that caravan, click here.

posted on FB by Keith Mansur of Oregon Cannabis Connection-  EMERGENCY LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE!
From Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon: “We are asking everyone to send the letter out this weekend so when members come in on Monday their inboxes are full. Then on Monday we start calling members at 8:00 and keep calling all day long until they go into the hearing at 5:00. Then we will start up with phone calls again Tuesday and all day Wednesday.”  Lets help block this bill!! We will make it easy…3 steps…

1. Cut and paste the text below into your email..

(Subject line:) I oppose SB 936

Dear Committee members,

I oppose SB 936 for the following reasons:
SB 936 limits the number of plants anyone may produce to 24. This could leave well over 12,000 patients without a grower.
SB 936 restricts patients or their growers from producing medicine for no more than four patients at the same time. This will also severely limit the number of patients that will be able to find a grower.
SB 936 allows the OHA to inspect grow sites including those with 12 plants or less.
SB 936 requires OHA to establish a system to track and regulate the production of marijuana by a cardholder or grower.
Reporting requirements are so restrictive including keeping all records for 7 years, that some growers will choose to stop growing for patients
I do not support plant limits in general, but SB 936 is so restrictive that patients could be left without a grower to provide their medicines for them.

I urge the Committee to reconsider their support of SB 936 in favor of HB 3400.
Thank you,
Signed, (ADD NAME)

2. Now send to all the email addresses below (committee members), you can do it in 1 email by copy and pasting below to “recipients” –

Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us, sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us, Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us, Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us, Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us, rep.kenhelm@state.or.us, Rep.AndyOlson@state.or.us, sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us, rep.annlininger@state.or.us, rep.carlwilson@state.or.us

3. Then please call their offices on Monday to reiterate your concerns, and please be POLITE! –

Member Senator Lee Beyer Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us 503-986-1706
Co-Chair Ginny Burdick sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us 503-986-1718
Member Senator Jeff Kruse Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us 503-986-1701
Co-Vice Chair Senator Floyd Prozanski Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us 503-986-1704
Member Representative Peter Buckley Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us 503-986-1405
Member Representative Ken Helm rep.kenhelm@state.or.us 503-986-1434
Member Representative Andy Olson Rep.AndyOlson@state.or.us 503-986-1415
Co-Vice Chair Senator Ted Ferrioli sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us 503-986-1950
Co-Chair Representative Ann Lininger rep.annlininger@state.or.us 503-986-1438
Co-Vice Chair Representative Carl Wilson rep.carlwilson@state.or.us 503-986-1403

 

While HB3400 is supported by most of the veteran mmj activists and community, the more restrictive SB936 is backed by new comers to the cannabis community.
Here are the summary & links to each of the bills as they are being introduced-

Oregon Senate Bill 936
Makes changes to law providing for registration of marijuana grow sites under Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Requires person responsible for grow site to register with authority if person processes marijuana into medical marijuana products.  Provides for regulation of medical marijuana products.  Directs Oregon Health Authority to develop and maintain database of information for tracking produced and processed marijuana.  Specifies amount of marijuana that may be kept and number of marijuana plants that may be produced at single address.  Makes other changes to Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, including changes to harmonize Oregon Medical Marijuana Act with chapter 1, Oregon Laws 2015.
Becomes operative March 1, 2016.  Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Oregon House Bill 3400

Directs Oregon Health Authority to develop and maintain database of information related to producing and processing of marijuana by persons responsible for marijuana grow sites under Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.  Requires person responsible for marijuana grow site under program to submit to authority certain information related to producing and processing marijuana.  Specifies number of mature marijuana plants that may be produced at single address.  Makes other changes to Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, including changes to harmonize Oregon Medical Marijuana Act with chapter 1, Oregon Laws 2015.
Becomes operative January 1, 2016.  Declares emergency, effective on passage.

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