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Registered medical marijuana patients dropping fast in Oregon

 

GRANTS PASS -- Medical marijuana patients and growers across the state are abandoning the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

Long considered a source of Oregon's black market, medical marijuana is fast falling victim to a combination of red tape and a different kind of market force: the convenience of recreational retail sales.

 

"Medical could officially have a gravestone," said Kit Doyle, who formerly sold medical marijuana but switched to hemp products through his business, the Murphy Hemp Co.

 

The number of patients registered with the program is half of what it was a year ago. Statewide it dropped 41 percent, from 59,137 to 34,892.

 

The number of registered growers also dropped precipitously. Statewide it went from 23,175 to 13,959 -- 40 percent.

Doyle and several industry watchers think the numbers will continue to go down, according to The Daily Courier.

 

Medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 1998, when voters created a system that allowed registered persons to grow their own marijuana -- or obtain it from someone who grew it for them.

 

But even as the state Legislature took steps to allow dispensaries for medical marijuana, a sea change occurred in 2014 when voters legalized recreational marijuana allowing retail sales to anyone over 21 and setting up commercial production......

 

 

 

 

https://www.oregonlive.com/marijuana/index.ssf/2018/11/oregpm.html#incart_river_index

 


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I wouldn't say medical marijuana patients and growers across the state are abandoning the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Patients are more likely being priced out (cannabis clinics, dr visits, the fee- if you qualify can $20, $50, but most pay $200) not finding a grower or being allowed to grow for themselves where they live. For veterans, the VA gets in the way.  Many growers that are patients themselves used to grow for others too, but the state has made too hard to do now with reporting with a system that's harder then H to understand or use, and having someone with who knows what all over them from unknown number of gardens going through your garden spreading whatever is on them in your once clean garden. Plus there's another fee to get a grower, if you're not growing yourself ($50).  Sure many jumped ship cause they saw $$ and want to make as much of it as possible while forgetting the patients that needs it for maintaining their condition(s)and/or saving their life that they used to supply. Other growers left the state to other medical cannabis states.  There are always a few bad apples in every group, but I'm glad they left for the rec. Every time they got caught breaking the rules, they gave all of us a bad name.

 

Our OMMP program worked so well that many other states mirrored it when they became medical cannabis states. Our state has stole money from our program multiple times, and its very unlikely that we'll get that money back. They changed M91 when passed by us voters said clearly stated in several sections that rec was not to interfere with OMMP to what we have now.....and imo this is what the state wanted to do kill OMMP off. It's not dead yet, but a shadow of what it was.


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We didn't stop renewing just because we could all of a sudden just buy it in a shop -we stopped renewing because recreational meant we no longer needed to pay all the fees we were paying before just to grow and consume our own. It only meant our plant count etc went down and after doing the math, we realized we could totally live with that.

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I didn't renew because of all the extra paperwork and fees they kept dreaming up to prove to them I wasn't a crook.  We had multiple cards at a common site and never did grow the maximum number of plants allowed, but were still able to donated surplus to other OMMP patients. 

 

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