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Oregon: New Plant Limits for Medical Marijuana Program Hurting Patients

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New state regulations attempting to address the flow of medical cannabis into the black market leaves patients in painful bind

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Last week, Oregon public health officials drafted strict rules for how many plants medical cannabis patients may cultivate at home or at a grow-site registered with the state. Legislators claim the regulations are the result of bi-partisan legislation passed this past session to stop the flow of medical cannabis to the community. A residence may have no more than a dozen mature plants, no matter how many people live there, including recreational plants. The law does not define the size of immature plants.

Oregon: Legislature Forcing OMMP Into OLCC And Will Make Patients Pay For It

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

SB 1057's latest amendments are on the schedule for another Public Hearing and Possible Work Session for the Tuesday, April 25th meeting of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization.

The Oregon Cannabis Connection reports that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission shall use the system developed and maintained for OLCC licensees:

1. To track the production, processing and transfer of cannabis by Oregon Medical Marijuana Program growers.

2. OLCC may conduct inspections and investigations, including inspections and investigations of OMMP grow sites.

This means that the OLCC will be in the backyard of every OMMP grower that is growing for more than two patients.

Patient-growers will be required to pay $2,000 annually to grow their own medicine at addresses where more than 12 plants are grown.

To protest these changes, contact the Joint Committee members. Their information can be found at: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Committees/JMR/Overview

Oregon: DEA Investigates Cannabis Oil Company True North Extracts

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The owners of True North Extracts, a Portland company which sells CO2 cannabis oil, are being investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to a federal search warrant affidavit.

The homes of True North's owners, Michael Andrew "Drew" Dillon and Michael Corby, were searched by the DEA after the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shut down the company's extraction facility in Wood Village, saying the warehouse violated building and fire codes, reports Aaron Mesh at Willamette Week.

True North's vape-pen cartridges are sold at medical marijuana dispensaries. The company advertises its products as free of chemical solvents.

"True North products are designed for anyone looking for a completely clean and gentle experience, that benefits mind, body and soul," the company's website reads.

In the search warrant affidavit from December 23, DEA agent Traci Larsen said True North had only enough Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) registration cards to supply a few patients, yet had more than 50 pounds of CO2 oil.

Larsen also wrote she "suspected" Dillon and Corby of "money laundering" and "endangering human life" while illegally manufacturing controlled substances, both federal felonies.

Oregon: Call To Action - Protect Grants Pass Medical Marijuana Patients and Growers

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The Grants Pass City Council is considering an ordinance to ban all sun-grown and greenhouse-cultivated medical marijuana. This harmful ordinance is expected to be presented on May 20 at the city council chambers at 6 P.M.

Patients who depend upon compassionate growers will be harmed the most by this proposal, according to activist Alex Rogers. "This proposed ban not only hurts Grants Pass OMMP participants, but could lead to the slippery slope of more and more cities and counties following suit and passing their own bans," Rogers said.

PATIENTS AND CONCERNS CITIZENS NEED TO MEET AT 5 PM, WEDNESDAY MAY, 20, AT 101 N.W. A ST. GRANTS PASS (@6TH ST.)

In the meantime, call the mayor and city council members and tell them that you oppose any ban of medical marijuana gardens; this will only hurt patients and push people into the illicit, underground market:

Darin Fowler, Mayor 541-660-3696
Roy Lindsay, Ward 541-291-0346
Dan DeYoung, 541-479-8777
Rick Riker, 541-479-7333
Lily Morgan, 541-476-6168
Dennis Roler, 541-479-4272
Ken Hannum, 541-659-4579
Mark Gatlin, 541-441-7674
Jim Goodwin, 541-761-5733

Oregon: Two Portland Dispensaries Face Off In Fight For Prime Location

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

One Portland medical marijuana dispensary filed a $400,000 lawsuit this month against the owners of another dispensary, claiming the second business lied on a state registration application to steal the first business's patients.

Two medical marijuana dispensaries cannot be within 1,000 feet of each other, under Oregon law, and that's why the Portland Medical Cannabis Club is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.

The Cannabis Club is just steps away from its soon-to-open competitor, 420 Dank. When 420 Dank opens, possibly as early as next month, the dispensaries will be in the 4600 and 4700 block of Southwest Beaver-Hillsdale Highway in Portland.

"They aren't trying to take anyone's business," claimed 420 Dank's lawyer, Brad Andersen. "It just happens to be in a prime location."

A little more than a year ago, the state began requiring all medical marijuana dispensaries to register, starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 3, 2014, via a state website. Dispensary owners flooded the site, and that's when this dispute began.

Oregon: 289 Apply To Operate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries On Opening Day

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Oregon's medical marijuana dispensary registration program got off to a "robust" start on Mondasy, with 289 applications, according to state officials.

Program director Tom Burns said there was heavy traffic at the state's medical marijuana dispensary application website, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. The state is issuing registrations on a first come, first served basis.

The rules require dispensaries to have at least 1,000 feet between them, leading to competition among already existing locations which are closer than 1,000 feet. That competition is likely what drove relatively high numbers of Multnomah County registrations on Monday, according to Burns.

Multnomah County saw the most applications, with 135 dispensaries starting the registration process. Lane County had 41, Jackson County had 18, Deschutes had 17, and Lincoln and Marion each had 11. A few counties, including Washington and Clackamas, had fewer than 10 each.

Oregon's existing medical marijuana dispensaries had until now operated in a legal gray area, relying on the tolerance of local police. Washington County and a few other localities had taken steps to shut down dispensaries, while Portland and Multnomah County generally let them operate.

Oregon: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Registry Starts On Monday

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Oregon Health Authority on Monday will begin registering dispensaries under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

By law, only patients or their caregivers registered with the OMMP are allowed to purchase marijuana from a dispensary, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. Customers will be required to show a valid medical marijuana card and ID before they can enter.

Under Oregon law, only cardholders -- patients, caregivers and growers, are legally allowed to have marijuana. Patients can possess up to 24 ounces, caregivers can have up to 24 ounces for every patient under their care, and growers can produce cannabis for four patients, possessing up to 24 ounces for each patient.

Dispensary operators and employees don't have to have medical marijuana cards, but will still enjoy legal protections while they are in the facility.

Dispensaries are allowed to be reimbursed for the "normal and customary costs of doing business," and are required to document their expenses. That information must be given to state regulators upon request.

The shops will be allowed to sell growing marijuana plants, but plants taller than 12 inches or with flowers aren't allowed for sale.

If flowering plants are found at a location, the state will consider it a grow site, and the dispensary's registration could be revoked. Grow sites and dispensaries cannot share a location.

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