Oregon Senate Passes Regressive Medical Cannabis Proposal with 29 to 1 Vote
In an overwhelming 29 to 1 vote, Oregon’s full Senate has approved a proposal – Senate Bill 964 – that would drastically alter the state’s medical cannabis law. Although the laws are logistically quite different, the measure, and why proponents are supporting it, resembles the recent dismantling of Washington State’s medical cannabis law.
If passed by the state’s House of Representatives, and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown (or allowed to become law without her signature), the bill would limit the number of cannabis plants that may be grown at any garden, regardless of the number of patients participating in the garden, or the number of patients the garden serves. The limit would be set at 12 mature plants within city limits, and 48 plants outside of city limits. If the grow site was registered before January 1st of this year, they would be authorized to grow up to 96 mature plants.
In addition to this change, the bill would require growers of medical cannabis to submit a monthly report to the Oregon Health Authority, stating the number of mature and immature plants, the amount of leaves and flowers currently being dried, and the amount of usable cannabis in the person’s possession. They would also have to report ” 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.”
“I think there’s a wide recognition that if we don’t get our hands around the medical market — certainly Colorado and Washington discovered this — that if we can’t get our hands around the medical market, it will undermine the recreational market,” says State Senator Ginny Burdick, making it clear that lawmakers are supporting the proposal in order to bolster the recreational cannabis market, similar to what happened in Washington State with Senate Bill 5052.
Opponents of this bill who live in Oregon should look up their district’s representatives – which they can do by clicking here – and urge them to oppose Senate Bill 964.