The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative today filed a proposed initiative that orders the Oregon Health Authority to create a regulated supply and distribution system for Oregon’s medical marijuana patients. The initiative must now collect at least 1,000 valid signatures in order to qualify for an official ballot title, and must obtain about 85,000 signatures of registered Oregon voters to qualify for the November, 2012 general election ballot.
The “Medical Marijuana Supply and Regulation Act” allows the OHA until July 1, 2013 to create a system for supplying medical marijuana to cardholding patients through Medical Marijuana Health Centers. The OHA would be required to issue rules regarding licensing, fees and taxation, location and zoning of production facilities and Health Centers, and more. The text of the proposal can be found HERE.
OMPI has also filed an initiative for a constitutional amendment that would decriminalize personal use and cultivation of marijuana for Oregon citizens. That measure has received more than 1,000 valid signatures and is now going through the process of obtaining an official ballot title from the Oregon Attorney General.
The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative is a coalition of marijuana patient and advocacy groups seeking to secure social justice for Oregon’s marijuana users and medical marijuana patients. There are more than 360,000 regular marijuana users in Oregon, hundreds of thousands of additional occasional marijuana users, and about 50,000 cardholding medical marijuana patients.