Oregon Legislature Votes to Create Cannabis Commission

Lawmakers have voted in favor of creating the Oregon Cannabis Commission to oversee the state’s medical marijuana program.

marijuana retail outletsOn Wednesday Oregon’s House voted 48 to 11 to approve House Bill 2198, which was followed by an 18 to 12 vote in the Senate the next day. The proposal will now be sent to Governor Kate Brown, who has the option of signing it into law, vetoing it or allowing it to become law without her signature.

The proposal would establish the Oregon Cannabis Commission within the Oregon Health Authority, along with other changes. If the measure does become law, the commission would consist of the Public Health Officer or designee, along with eight members appointed by the governor as follows:

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Companion Measures Filed in Kansas to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Lawmakers in Kansas have filed two companion measures in an effort to legalize medical cannabis in their state.Kansas-Flag

The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act (House Bill 2198 and Senate Bill 9) is designed to provide protection for patients, caregivers and physicians from penalties surrounding medical cannabis, and to create safe access points, or compassion centers, for patients to obtain medication.

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