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Oregon Hits OMMP Patients with New Requirements in 2020

Will medical marijuana patients decide to stay with OMMP or give up "big brother" hovering overhead?

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Oregon home grown cannabis.
Photo by Bonnie King, Salem-News.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - Another nail in the coffin of OMMP has been struck. The freedom for patients to grow their own medicine in Oregon is facing another hindering factor, restricting their ability to simply grow up to six plants without express permission of their property owner.

Starting January 1, 2020, all applications or change forms received by the OMMP where a grow site is designated must provide the name of the property owner, and if the patient or grower is not the owner, a signed grow site consent form will be required in order to register the address.

The 2019 Legislative session created this new rule with the passage of HB3200, sponsored by Representatives Ron Noble (R-McMinnville) and Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass), requiring the creation of a new patient application and change form.

Should small medical home grows be held to the same standards as large recreational production facilities? It seems so, according to the information distributed by OHA/OLCC.

Referring to patients as "Producers" because they grow their own herbal medicine, the Legislators seem to have missed that these home grows do not produce a product to be sold, or to be used by anyone except a patient.

House Bill 3200 requires an applicant for a marijuana production license or marijuana grow site registration who does not own the premises where marijuana will be produced or grown to submit the signed informed consent of the premises owner to the appropriate regulatory agency.

Oregon HB3200:

  • Requires applicant for recreational marijuana production license who does not own premises where marijuana will be produced to submit signed informed consent of owner of premises to Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
  • Requires applicant for medical marijuana grow site registration who does not own premises of grow site to submit signed informed consent from the owner of premises to Oregon Health Authority.

Citizens of Oregon have understood cannabis much longer than some of our politicians.

In 1973, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

In 1998, after a couple unsuccessful ballot measures, the people voted to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is administered by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The medical marijuana program has grown and improved with the years, providing legal protections for qualified patients, allowing caregivers to provide assistance to a patient, and patients to grow their own medicine or designate a grower.

In 2006, Oregon was the fourth largest indoor cannabis producing state, and the tenth largest cannabis producing state overall.

In 2014, Oregonians voted to legalize the production, sale, and consumption of recreational marijuana by persons 21 years or older. Now, patients can legally purchase marijuana from medical dispensaries/recreational stores (they do not pay the recreational tax).

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) administers licensing for the recreational producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers.

In 2020, patients will have to decide whether to stay with OMMP so they can grow six plants in their garden, or drop the OMMP completely and eliminate the need of "big brother" hovering overhead.

In Oregon, adults are allowed to grow four plants recreationally without registration, but that too could change. As we have learned, the Legislature has the ability to change whatever they see fit, once the voters pass a measure.

The number of registered OMMP patients has decreased since 2014, as expected. The cost itself has been an obstacle. The annual cost for patients to renew their application has grown while the office support has nearly disappeared completely, and there is question regarding why none of the funds come back to directly help patients in need.

Additional red tape requirements for patients, most suffering financially as well as physically, does nothing to benefit the health or safety of fellow Oregonians.

The new forms are expected to be ready by mid-December. A version date of 12/2019 will appear at the bottom of the new forms.

For information on how to apply or how to apply online, grower requirements and other program rules, please visit: www.healthoregon.org/ommp.

Source: Oregon Health Authority; others

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James Crawford December 12, 2019 6:55 am (Pacific time)

I understand that you do not want to have a conversation, but their is NO provision in Federal law legalizing Medical Marijunna:

https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/federal-crime/medical-marijuana-federal-laws.htm

There has been a series of policy decisions by Fedral law enforcement to not prioritize prosecuting patients or cooperatives, most notably the Cole memorandum. AG Sessions rescinded the Cole memorandum.
In the case of my tenant, the avowed intention was to grow marijuana for sale to dispensaries which. While OMMP rules allow such sales of surplus marijuana by growers or patients, my tenants and their associates had no growers licenses and they had no grows site permits when I discovered the grow which had been in operation for over half a year. They were blatantly illegal under Oregon as well as Fedral law. The OMMP knew this but conspired to enable the perjured testimony that the grow was legal.
Judge Ladd Wiles embraced the perjured testimony because:
The trial was concurrent with the proceedings by the Oregon Bar Association against his wife for committing perjury?
Judge Wiles brings to his courtroom the same profound discernment that enabled him to remain oblivious to his wife's infidelity until Amanda Marshall got herself arrested for stalking her boyfriend?
Amanda Marshall gave Judge Wiles a dose of Syphallus which penicillin can not cure which is rotting his brain?
Judge Wiles was smoking the free samples that the bootleggers corrupt attorney gave them?
Judge Wiles was suffering from the steady drip, drip, drip of Gonorea and needs to take the advice of Cheech and Chong by calling Peter Rooter?
Judge Wiles' brain is so far gone from the Syphallus that he believed his philandering wife when she told him that he believed his philandering wife when she told him that the dose of super Gonorea that she gave him was just a little something that he must have picked up from a toilet seat in the courthouse?


James Crawford December 11, 2019 9:47 am (Pacific time)

 

The argument that landlords do not have a legitimate interest in prohibiting the commission of Federal crimes on their property is questionable at best. More importantly, it ignores the reality that while there are many people with legitimate health problems that can be alleviated by Medical Marinjunna, there are criminals who exploit the program as legal cover for massive grows and then sell out of state.

Once one understands the specific case and the judicial incompetence or corruption that motivated Representative Noble to introduce HB 3200, it is perfectly reasonable.

EDITOR: Clarification, it is not a Federal crime for a legal medical patient (with an OMMP card) to use cannabis in the state of Oregon, it is also not a Federal crime to grow cannabis for your own medical use.


M R December 10, 2019 2:45 pm (Pacific time)

Listen, until such time as the federal government legalizes marijuana possession, usage, and growing by private individuals on private property... this is a necessity. While it may not have happened here in Oregon, YET... there have been multiple instances in other states of the Federal Govt coming in and threatening property owners with seizing their property because tenants were running a medical dispensary, or because tenants were growing on the property, or storing on the property. As a property owner, I absolutely would NOT take the risk of renting to someone who was growing, storing, or using on my property - even if it was only for their own person medical usage. The risk of having my property, that I paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for, taken away from me simply is not worth it. And why should I have to? You can argue all day long about compassion and discrimination and how marijuana helps people... and none of that changes one simple fact: If you allow people to have home grow ops, whether medical or recreational, whether for themselves or as a grower for a patient, without getting consent from the property owner... you are forcing the property owner to either evict the tenant or take on risk of an extremely high level of loss, for little or no accompanying reward, without their consent. Would you allow banks to invest people's savings accounts in junk bonds or high risk equities, without their consent, without forcing those funds to be insured against loss? Like if the bank lost one of its investments, the money was just gone and the account holder was out their money? No, of course you wouldn't.

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