Call To Action - Comment On Proposed Permanent Rules For The OMMP

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I saw the following urgent call to action come across Facebook. Be aware that a couple of the public testimony events have already taken place, but there are still more on the way, and you can provide written testimony until January 29. See below, via Facebook:

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URGENT!! SAVE THE OMMP!

The OHA's proposed PERMANENT rules will effectively SHUT DOWN THE OMMP!! These rules go into effect March 1st!!

Please share this info, come to the meetings, and provide written/oral testimony. We need every single grower and patient to tell the OHA to leave the OMMP alone- PATIENTS WILL SUFFER!!!

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OHA's proposed PERMANENT rules are going to destroy the OMMP program. In fact, it was designed to do just that. They have imposed unrealistic, unaffordable, and unwarranted regulations that is seriously nearly impossible to comply with. Unless you plan on growing 12 plants or less for yourself & another patient that must live at the grow site, you will have to comply with these regulations. Which means you need thousands of dollars for surveillance systems, an approved safe, fencing that will require an engineer, survey and permits, water rights, and more!!!

AND here's the worse part- OHA can send the cops to your grow at ANY time to perform an inspection! THE COPS! Not an OHA employee!

If you haven't read these regulations, at this point there is two things you need to know......OMMP growers are being forced into OLCC & will effectively shut down nearly all the OMMP growers. Patients will suffer.

We need EVERY grower to show up at these next meetings and simply state these reg's will shut them down & patients will suffer. We need patients to show up & state these reg's will shut their grower down, & tell their story!!

We need this now......before it's too late!!

You are being URGED to review and comment on the proposed PERMANENT rules. Please go to this link to review the proposed PERMANENT administrative rules-

With regards to patients, growers, processors and dispensaries, please go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/mmj/Documents/Rulemaking/333-008-mm-patients-growers-processors-dispensaries-proposed-text.pdf

With regards to limited retail sales, please go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/mmj/Documents/Rulemaking/333-008-limited-retail-sales-proposed-text.pdf

If you wish to present oral testimony, the following public hearings will be held:

• Eugene: January 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.: Planning and Development Department, Atrium Building, Sloat Room - 99 W 10th Avenue, 97401
• Portland: January 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A - 800 NE Oregon St., 97232
• Bend: January 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.: Deschutes Services Building, DeArmond Room - 1300 NW Wall Street, 97701
• Medford: January 27, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.: Medford Public Library - 205 S Central Avenue, 97501

You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on January 29, 2016 by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:
OHA, Public Health Division
Attn: Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232

E-mail comments to: publichealth.rules@state.or.us
You may also send comments by fax to (971) 673-1299.

Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.

For more details, please see the full text of the rules and corresponding rulemaking documents at the following website:
http://www.oregon.gov/oha/mmj/Pages/rules.aspx.
If you have any questions or would prefer a hardcopy be sent, please contact PublicHealth.Rules@state.or.us.

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