Panel OKs medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
When a neurologist recommended medical marijuana to aid with her husband’s brain injury, Denise Concannon had no idea where to turn.
Today, Concannon runs The Holistic Choice, a medical marijuna dispensary in Salem and she is among owners who want to be licensed by the state. It’s a move owners hope will guide them through a legal gray area and help patients find a safe place to purchase the medicine.
“It does feel very much like the Wild West of weed out there and it’s very scary,” she said.
House Bill 3460 would license and regulate medical marijuana facilities throughout the state. The Oregon Health Authority would set up a registration system, authorizing the transfer of the drug to patients. The facilities would also have to comply with regulations for pesticides, mold and mildew testing, which supporters say will help ensure the drug isn’t contaminated.
A joint budget committee moved the bill to the House floor Wednesday on a 19-7 vote.
Opposition came mostly from Republicans who raised concerns about whether the bill would conflict with federal law and if there would be enough law enforcement resources.
Supporters of the bill include medical marijuana dispensaries, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and other advocacy groups.
Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com
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