Oregon’s full House of Representatives, with a 31 to 27 vote, approved a proposal today to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. The measure – House Bill 3460 –
is supported by the state’s attorney general.
In Oregon, qualified patients are authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes, but safe access points remain illegal, forcing most patients to obtain their medicine through the black-market or through several local access points which have been regularly-raided by local police. House Bill 3460 would solve this problem by making these access points legal, as long as they become licensed by the state and follow certain regulations such as testing for mold and pesticides.
The measure now moves to the Senate, where its passage will send it to the governor for final consideration.
If the proposal is passed and put into effect, roughly 200 dispensaries will be authorized to open throughout the state.