Senate committee resolves medical pot issue

Lawmakers have come up with a new set of restrictions for medical marijuana industry.

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Lawmakers have come up with a new set of restrictions for medical marijuana industry.

The Portland Tribune reports:

The legislation would require the Oregon Health Authority to begin tracking the movement of medical pot through the supply chain and it would limit the size of cannabis gardens, particularly in residential neighborhoods. Cities and counties would gain a 180-day window in which they can permanently ban medical marijuana stores and processors, but the bill would also allow patients to have cannabis products delivered to them from suppliers around the state. Lawmakers want to regulate medical marijuana to stop diversion of pot into the black market. No one knows how much pot people currently grow under Oregon’s medical marijuana program, but Rob Patridge, chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, has estimated as much as 75 percent of medical cannabis is sold on the black market here and in other states.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice issued guidance to states with legal marijuana systems in a document known as the Cole memorandum. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole wrote that federal prosecutors would focus on drug trafficking and other priorities, but would challenge states with legalized marijuana if they do too little to prevent leakage into other states where the drug remains illegal. The bill passed by the committee Monday night also includes a long list of provisions that apply to both the medical marijuana program and Oregon’s new legal recreational pot system, which takes effect July 1.

The move was lauded by the pro-pot population.

From the Associated Press:

Marijuana advocates said creation of the new panel was an extraordinary move in order to bypass House members’ objections.

The bill now heads to the Senate floor.

A bill in the House would mandate growers to submit water and energy use plans.

The Bend Bulletin writes:

House Bill 3400 received a 104-page amendment that includes new proposed laws and some changes to Ballot Measure 91 and is now the main vessel for substantive regulations lawmakers will debate before marijuana becomes legal in six weeks and retail markets open in the coming year.

The bill also proposes a point-of-sale method of taxing marijuana sales in shops and would require tracking of marijuana from seed to sale.


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