I received the following call to action from a very hardworking Oregon activists named Lori Duckworth (thanks Lori!), and I encourage all Oregon readers to participate:
The Measure 91 Committee is starting to consider amendments that will severely impact the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. These amendments are being attached to Senate Bill 844. While the amendment contains some beneficial provisions for the OMMA, it unnecessarily restricts patient grow sites and places too many barriers upon medical marijuana providers. Some of the more troubling provisions:
Starting on March 1, 2016, grow sites in residential areas will only be able to grow for 2 patients maximum (12 plants); non-residential locations will only be able to grow for 8 total (48 plants).
Growers will be subjected to a fee and inspections (even for personal grows)
Growers will have to report monthly to the state and keep records up to 7 years.
Any violation of the rules allows OHA to contact law enforcement.
Please send emails to the Measure 91 Committee immediately and then follow up with phone calls on Monday and let them know that they should vote "NO" on the Senate Bill "Dash 6" amendments. The 89 page "Dash 6" amendment was snuck onto Monday's agenda late Friday afternoon, amending a two page bill. There is a special rule that allows legislators to pass an amendment, even if it has nothing to do with the original bill, without holding a public hearing with public testimony. It is imperative that you act now to help protect patients' access to medicine.
IMPORTANT ACTION #1: Please email the Measure 91 Committee immediately and state: "Please vote 'NO' on the Senate Bill 844 "Dash 6" Amendments because thousands of sick and disabled patients will lose safe access to medicine, hurting their quality of life. Limiting patient gardens and placing unnecessary rules, inspections, fees and reporting requirements on growers will force many out of the medical system and potentially into the black market."
firstname.lastname@example.org, Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us, Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us,
Rep.AndyOlson@state.or.us, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us,
Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
IMPORTANT ACTION #2: Make calls on Monday before 4pm and state what you emailed: "Please vote 'NO' on the Senate Bill 844 "Dash 6" Amendments because thousands of sick and disabled patients will lose safe access to medicine, hurting their quality of life. Limiting patient gardens and placing unnecessary rules, inspections, fees and reporting requirements on growers will force many out of the medical system and potentially into the black market."
Sen. Ginny Burdick: 503-986-1718
Rep. Peter Buckley: 503-986-1405
Sen. Floyd Prozanski: 503-986-1704
Rep. Ken Helm: 503-986-1434
Sen. Jeff Kruse: 503-986-1701
Sen. Ted Ferrioli: 503-986-1950
Sen. Lee Beyer: 503-986-1706
Rep. Ann Lininger: 503-986-1438
Rep. Carl Wilson: 503-986-1403
Rep. Andy Olson: 503-986-1415
Thank you so much for standing up for the OMMA and patients' access to medicine,
#WALKtheTALKofLOVE #DARE2SHARE #PATIENTSmatterSAVEtheOMMP