Bill to Limit Patient and Grower Possession in OR Hits Snag

A bill that would cut the amount of medical marijuana patients and growers can have on hand, give police greater access to confidential lists of cardholders, and make it harder for minors to use the drug hit a snag.

The bill failed to make it through the normal committee process on the Senate side before this Thursday’s deadline. The bill will now go to the House Rules Committee, where bills have later deadlines for sending bills to the floor.

Olson and two other former state police in the Legislature: Rep. Wayne Krieger and Rep. Jeff Barker, argue that patients, growers and caregivers are abusing the medical marijuana law approved by voters in 1998.

“I want to go back to the intent of what voters wanted to do in 1998 and move that forward,” said Olson, a retired state police lieutenant. “Right now, I believe it is out of control.”

Marijuana advocates see no reason to make it harder for minors to get medicine that adults can have.

“The marijuana genie is out of the bottle,” said Bob Wolfe of the Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative. “We have got to stop trying to build a stronger bottle. It will not work. There is no political will, no social mandate, and no budget to wipe out medical marijuana in Oregon.”

There are more than 38,000 medical marijuana patients in Oregon. Patients are limited to six mature plants and a pound and a half of processed cannabis at one time. A bill was turned down last year that would have allowed cardholders to buy marijuana from dispensaries.

By Eddie Haskill – ORmmj.com

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