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It appears the OMMP Dispensary in La Grande may not renew their license this year.

The remaining OMMP Dispensary in Sherwood will continue operations, but will soon convert to become an OLCC licensed dispensary for OMMP Cardholders only .

Pharmex (OMMP's last processor) closed shop in December.

 

When Sherwood converts to OLCC license, OMMP Growers will no longer be able to transfer cannabis to anyone but to their patients, as there will be zero OMMP Processors or Dispensaries in the Metrc system.

 

There is pathway for OMMP Growsites to transfer up to 20lbs of cannabis to OLCC marketplace, but among other requirements, water right certification is a must.

 

Is it time for change? What would happen if an old school, grassroots, community based cooperative came into being? You know, operated and "owned" by OMMP Patient/Grower/Caregivers for OMMP Patients, Growers, and Caregivers.

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There is a grisly truth that patients are currently facing. Ever since the state of Oregon voted to regulate cannabis for Adult-use in 2015, the state's existing medical cannabis program (OMMP) began to come under siege. Back then OMMP was serving 78,045 patients registrants while simultaneously supplying the whole Adult-use market in the state of Oregon with "early Adult-use sales." Now, in 2020 there are 24,801 patients left.

In recent years, we've seen change after change that has affected patient access. We’ve seen patient transaction limits from OLCC retailers reduced drastically from 24oz to 1oz per visit. The state decided that having an OMMP card was essentially a death sentence for any patient in need of an organ transplant and as recent as last year, the legislature created a new rule requiring all OMMP medical gardens to have a written consent form from the property owner. This puts the patients in a position where they are forced to discuss their medical information with their landlord which exposes them to discrimination.

Additionally, that information is available to banking institutions and a bank has the authority to demand the mortgage be paid in full if they find out that the landlord is complicit with the medical garden on the property. No landlord in their right mind will sign that form. The Oregon SunGrowers Guild opposed that legislation last year and we were essentially told that it was happening, whether we liked it or not and that somebody would have to sue the state to reverse that rule change

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Two ugly secrets...

1. Since the OMMP originated as a voter's initiative action, is next to impossible for legislature to repeal or undo it. It is here to stay.

2. If the Feds attack Oregon's Recreational Cannabis laws, the fallback is for every Recreational licensee to be converted to "medical" (OLCC -> OMMP).

 

Two pretty secrets...

1. The demographics of OMMP Cardholders has always been about half are 50 years and older.

2. Cannabis use among that older demographic (a fickle group with organic/natural preferences) is increasing at a rate faster than any other age group.

 

And yes, I agree recreational law did change the game, but if one ponders for a moment or two, medical has always been about 1/3 of the cannabis economy; and it is that segment that I believe will sustain in good and bad times, growth rate has yet to plateau or ease off--it still points northward. Said differently, we don't know...what we don't know, and we know very little about the medicinal aspects of cannabis--but we all know how to twist up a doobie and know which end to light up. So I doubt there will be any scientific breakthrough or startling discoveries when it comes to recreational weed.

 

My money is on medical.

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