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Medical marijuana patients fret about new grower limits being considered by Oregon legislators
A bill that would limit the size of medical marijuana growing operations in Oregon is generating angry opposition from some patients and activists.
The proposed measure, unveiled late Friday afternoon, is aimed at curbing the black market while prodding larger growers to supply the legal recreational market the state is developing.
This approach is winning wide support on the House-Senate committee charged with implementing the marijuana legalization initiative approved by Oregon voters in November. It also has varying degrees of support from many marijuana industry figures who want to develop a successful legal market in the state.
But the 89-page amendment to Senate Bill 844 quickly created sparks among medical marijuana patients and many activists. Several legislators reported being besieged with emails and phone calls Monday from people worried that they would lose their supply of low-cost medical marijuana.
"It's going to take medicine away from the sickest and most disenfranchised patients," said Alex Rogers, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Ashland and has been using social media to build opposition to the proposal.
Rogers also charged that legislators were trying to rush the proposal through by unveiling the lengthy amendment on Friday and scheduling a Monday evening work session.
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