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Recreational Marijuana Boom Leaves Vulnerable Patients Behind

New regulations and procedures in cannabis licensing have slowed patient access to medical marijuana. Meanwhile, profits are prompting medical growers to switch to recreational sales.

Without cannabis oil to treat her rare brain disease, Janice Patten has lost the ability to walk, one of her arms is paralyzed and she can’t see out of one eye.  

Senate Attempt to Make Local Medical Pot Dispensary Bans Easy Unlikely to Become Law

The House and the Senate remain far apart on how best to handle voter-approved legal marijuana, and SB 964, which allows local governments to permanently shut down marijuana pharmacies without voter consent, appears dead on arrival.

If the Senate thought it could force its way in the House with the passage of Senate Bill 964, they’ll have to think again, as the medical marijuana bill is unlikely to pass the lower chamber anywhere close to t

Dealmaking Clem Forges Compromise on Marijuana Dispensaries

Rep. Brian Clem’s version of Senate Bill 1531 would allow local governments to put a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, which gained state sanctioning on Monday. The bill had stalled after the House and Senate Democrats could not agree on whether cities and counties could prohibit the dispensaries in their communities.

Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, has put forward a compromise that will clear the way for local municipalities to bar medical marijuana dispensaries from their domains for a year while they prepare to develop policies to regulate incoming outlets. The dispensaries gained state sanctioning last year through House Bill 3460.

Senate Passes Bill Ensuring Some Local Control of Pot Dispensaries

Medical marijuana opponents tried to let local jurisdictions get around the medical marijuana dispensary law passed last year, but Sen. Floyd Prozanski scuttled attempts to allow for local bans of medicinal marijuana sales.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday on a bill that makes clear that local jurisdictions can regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, but stopped short of allowing  local governments to bar them outright, as some anti-ma

Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Aims to Weed Out Illegal Operations

Proponents of House Bill 3460 say that pot stores will ease access to cannabis for patients while greatly improving oversight of the 15-year-old medical marijuana program, which opponents say is out-of-control.


June 26, 2013 — The House passed a bill authorizing and regulating marijuana dispensaries for medicinal use Monday, as legislators moved to bring greater daylight and easier access to a system some lawmakers call out-of-control.

Marijuana PTSD Bill Clears Senate Health Committee

Sen. Chip Shields spearheaded the vote on an un-amended bill authorizing doctors to prescribe marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder, which now is headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee


March 1, 2013 -- The Senate Health Committee voted 4-1 Thursday to give approve Senate Bill 281, which would expand the medical marijuana program to include post-traumatic stress disorder.

Medical Marijuana Supporters Want Pot Allowed for PTSD

The state’s medical marijuana law does not allow the drug to be prescribed for the condition but experts testify that it is effective at treating the disorder’s symptoms

February 8, 2013 -- Marijuana in Oregon can be prescribed for cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, severe nausea, severe pain and back spasms.

Medical Marijuana Revenues More Than Doubled After Fee Increase

Between October 2011 and June 2012, the state brought in more than $7.5 million in fees from medical marijuana cards

July 27, 2012 -- When the state legislature raised the annual fee for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cards from $100 to $200, it did so in hopes that public health coffers would increase accordingly: based on budget numbers released by Kathleen Vidoloff of the Oregon Health Authority, the state's budget for the 2011-13 biennium anticipates a total of $12 million in revenue from the program – with $5.3 million supporting the marijuana program and $6.7 million supporting other public health programs.

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