Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Shops Are Being Scrutinized

Allegations arose under the old system that some pot shops were illegally selling marijuana. The new rules make it legal for dispensaries to pay growers for their product and receive payment from their customers directly. But sales will be scrutinized. The regulations say a shop must document operating costs, to include “costs of transferring, handling, securing, insuring, testing, packaging and processing … and the cost of supplies, utilities and rent or mortgage.”

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said this change makes medical pot a commercial, for-profit industry. He said that’s not what Oregon residents wanted when they voted to legalize medical marijuana in 1998 and rejected a 2010 ballot measure that would have created a dispensary system.

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Medical Marijuana Is Again “Talk Of The Town” In State Capitol

House leaders have said they’ll delay a vote on the main health bill, to buy some time to gauge what version of medical marijuana Gov. Dayton would be willing support. Otherwise, adding that hot button issue to the main bill would be an exercise in futility. Rep. Garofalo would not discuss the specifics of his amendment, saying he didn’t want to go on the record with anything that would jeopardize its chances. It’s likely the amendment would be narrow in scope, aimed at helping a set of Minnesota children who experience chronic epileptic seizures.

A group of parents have asked Dayton to support the use of cannabis oil, based on evidence it can reduce the number of seizures in some children. At the same time Tuesday, the Senate health committee announced a Thursday hearing on the Senate’s version of the bill.

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How To Qualify For Medical Marijuana In Arizona

Question: Who should get a medical-marijuana registry identification card? Answer: Patients who have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition who want to use marijuana for pain cessation are eligible to apply. The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act provides certain legal protections for cardholders in areas such as employment, education and housing. For example, an employer can't discriminate against patients when hiring, or penalize a patient who tests positive for marijuana unless the substance was used or posse seed during work hours, among other conditions.

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Medical Marijuana Supporters Press To Get Better Voter Turnout For April 8 Election

He argued that if voters favor a tax on dispensaries, they will favor regulations on these dispensaries. And, I think that helps to legitimize safe access to medical cannabis in Long Beach, Hijazi concluded. Other marijuana advocates are also actively campaigning against the measure. Larry King, a former dispensary owner and former candidate for the city’s 7th-district council seat, is one of the measures vocal critics.

A founding coordinator for the Long Beach chapter of The Human Solution, another medical-marijuana advocacy group, King said that he and the organization have also been distributing flyers and have been sending out mailers. He added that a group has volunteered to drive voters to polling locations. They have even reserved several cars, including a wheelchair-accessible vehicle for Election Day.

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