Oregon: Why 24 Ounces? CRRH Explains Possession and Cultivation Limits Proposed in 2014 Initiative

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Initiative 22, also known as the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, would legalize marijuana and set the limits of personal possession and cultivation at 24 ounces or 24 plants. The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp, sponsor of Initiatives 21 and 22, this week addressed the reason for setting these limits.

"Twenty-four ounces is not an arbitrary number," said Jersey Deutsch, campaign director for CRRH. "If anything, the limits in place under Colorado and Washington law are unnecessarily low, and possibly detrimental for medical users who make their own medicine at home."

Michael Steinlage, development director for the campaign, added: "It is true that under OCTA the allowable limits of both possession and cultivation would be 24 ounces, but this amount is already the legal limit for OMMP cardholders. For many patients on limited budgets whose preferred method of ingestion isn't smoking, the creation of homemade extracts and edibles would greatly ease the cost of self-medication.

"It takes large amounts of the flowering plant to make relatively small supplies of edible goods or oils, and these items can be very expensive when purchased from dispensaries," Steinlage said.

For those who choose to grow their own at home, a yearly harvest of 24 ounces would provide 2 ounces per month of the cured flowering plant.

CRRH Outreach Director Anne Reaney explained: "Even the current limits on the amount of allowed flower may not meet the needs of the average patient on an RSO regimen, who would expect to use one pound of flower to yield one ounce of oil. Many patients rely on an average dosage of one gram of oil per day, and the severely ill may require up to as much as four grams per day.

"We need to allow patients to have the option to grow the plants required to meet their medical needs," Reaney said.

The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp is a non-profit political campaign sponsoring initiatives 21 and 22, both of which would end prohibition of cannabis in the state of Oregon.

Initiative 21, also known as the Oregon Cannabis Amendment, would end criminal penalties for personal, private use and cultivation of cannabis for adults. Initiative 22, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, would regulate and tax cannabis, including hemp for industrial and agricultural uses.