I found out about an interesting change to the medical marijuana process in Oregon this last week. Like many of the 36,000+ OMMP participants, I needed to make a minor change of address for my garden, which happens from time to time. In the past, this was an easy, seamless process that only involved sending a fax to Oregon DHS. However, one of the patients that I grow for received a ‘letter of cancellation’ for her OMMP card due to ‘lack of grower/caretaker’ information.
When we called to inquire why this happened (the info was clearly on the fax), they informed us that it was because we had sent a fax, and that they no longer accept faxes. Keep in mind, we had sent the faxes weeks prior, and were just now getting a letter in the mail. I asked the call taker what steps DHS is taking to notify patients, and she said that they are sending out the letters and making phone calls when the faxes come in. The new policy was instituted July 16th.
I told the lady call taker that I was going to put this information on my blog, and she said I wasn’t allowed to…This blog is for you DHS worker Sherrie! To all of you OMMP participants — if you fax your forms to DHS, you are leaving yourself open to law enforcement harassment, as your paperwork will not be valid. MAKE SURE TO MAIL YOUR CHANGE REQUESTS AND OTHER FORMS CERTIFIED MAIL, AND HANG ON TO ALL RECEIPTS AND GREEN USPS CARDS. That way, your documents count as your card until the new ‘official’ one arrives in the mail. Of course, if you are one of the lucky folks that live in the Portland metro area, hand delivering your paperwork to the DHS building (downtown on the second floor) makes all updates effective immediately, which is the best way!