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Medical marijuana shops would be state sanctioned under Oregon House bill

Business owners would have to pass criminal background checks, document the amount of marijuana coming into their establishments and verify that it's from state-registered growers.

April 8, 2013

Pot-infused products gaining lucrative niche, but Oregon doesn't track businesses

In Colorado, makers of products containing cannabis face the same extensive regulation as growers and dispensary operators. But not in Oregon.

March 15, 2013

Colorado's tight regulation sets example for Oregon

In Oregon, no one inspects grow sites or regulates dispensaries, much less audits their books. Colorado allows commercial production of medical marijuana and monitors it at every stage.

March 15, 2013

What's next for Oregon medical marijuana in an era of legalization?

"In some ways, we are definitely past the era of medical marijuana," said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

December 30, 2012

Medical marijuana in Oregon: policymakers look to address problems with program

Lawmakers and advocates are examining fixes, some of which may come before the 2013 Legislature.

December 30, 2012

A few high-volume doctors approve most medical marijuana patients

The Oregonian's examination of high-volume marijuana doctors -- including interviews with physicians and clinic operators as well as a review of state documents, medical licensing reports, court records and caseload data -- paints a picture of a highly specialized industry.

December 29, 2012

Medical marijuana: Oregon doctors with high number of patients raise concerns

In Oregon 37 doctors have been flagged since 2005 for serving a large number of patients. Of that 37, four have been reprimanded, had their license revoked or surrendered a license.

December 29, 2012

Medical marijuana users question police use of cardholder registry

Oregon police officials say the system protects the patients from additional criminal investigation by proving they are entitled to possess marijuana. And the number of queries is inflated by several factors, police say, such as the need to look up variations on the spelling of a person's name.

December 8, 2012

Medical marijuana for a child with leukemia

Most jurisdictions that have medical marijuana programs -- 18 states and Washington, D.C. -- permit children to participate with parental consent and a doctor's approval.

November 24, 2012

Medical marijuana patients -- and plants -- thrive in southern Oregon

Statewide, 15 out of 1,000 Oregonians are medical marijuana patients. Jackson County has more than twice that many, while Josephine County has more than triple the state average.

November 10, 2012

Marijuana dispensary, raided in Tigard, reopens in Portland

The Human Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary shut down last month by Washington County authorities, is expected to reopen next week with the same membership fee and similar prices for marijuana.

October 25, 2012

Higher medical marijuana fees support "slush fund," hurt patients, Oregon advocates say

Oregon lawmakers raised fees last year on medical marijuana patients in an effort to plug holes in the state budget. A year later, medical marijuana advocates say the increase was an unfair attempt to capitalize on patients.

October 5, 2012

Oregon politicians toured Tigard marijuana dispensary raided Thursday by cops

The Human Collective held tours earlier this year for both Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, a Democrat, and Oregon Rep. Andy Olson, House Republican leader.

September 27, 2012

Tigard medical marijuana dispensary raided by Washington County police

The Human Collective, which opened in April 2010, is the third medical marijuana dispensary targeted by Washington County law enforcement officials since 2011. Owners of the other operations later pleaded guilty to drug charges and were sentenced to probation.

September 27, 2012

Drug traffickers exploit Oregon medical marijuana program's lax oversight and loose rules

The Oregonian reviewed a wide range of law enforcement data, including nationwide highway stops, police reports and federal and state court records, and found the illicit trafficking of Oregon medical marijuana is widespread and highly lucrative.

September 22, 2012

Recruiting medical marijuana patients for profit

A martial arts instructor brought in growers and patients to make his operation look legitimate, prosecutors say.

September 22, 2012

Medical marijuana growers with criminal records are being licensed

The Oregonian reviewed dozens of recent cases involving people registered by the state to be growers, patients or caregivers who were later accused of selling marijuana. The newspaper turned up people with histories of violence, property crimes and drug offenses too old to disqualify them from the medical marijuana program.

September 22, 2012

Southern Oregon medical marijuana farmer James Bowman gambles on a crop, loses

Federal agents and local and state police descended Tuesday morning on seven sites associated with Bowman's High Hopes Farm, a medical marijuana enterprise in rural Jackson County serving more patients than any in the state.

September 18, 2012

Southern Oregon medical marijuana farm raided by federal drug agents

About 9:30 a.m. today, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents raided The High Hopes Farm, James Bowman's medical marijuana operation, outside Jacksonville, in connection with what a law enforcement source said was a federal drug manufacturing and distribution investigation.

September 18, 2012

Medical marijuana advocates see Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum as friend

Oregon's medical marijuana community hopes it has found a strong ally in Rosenblum. After all, pro-marijuana groups helped propel her into office, donating $200,000 to her campaign. That amount was about one-third of her fundraising total.

August 29, 2012

Oregon medical marijuana backers trying again to add PTSD to list of qualifying conditions

As more veterans return home and struggle to resume their lives, it's time to recognize PTSD as a stand-alone condition, backers say. Two previous attempts to add PTSD to Oregon's program have failed.

August 26, 2012

Marijuana restrictions eased for organ transplant candidates at OHSU and Portland VA

Only OHSU, home to the state's largest transplant programs and one of the country's oldest programs, and the Portland VA Medical Center perform liver transplants in Oregon. The new policy applies to both facilities.

July 18, 2012

Oregon kills medical marijuana deduction for food stamp applicants

Under pressure from federal authorities following coverage in The Oregonian, the states will stop allowing certain applicants for food stamps to deduct medical marijuana costs from income when qualifying for the benefit.

July 12, 2012

Marijuana's medicinal value boosted by Oregon's food stamp deduction

Oregon allows seniors or those who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance to deduct medical expenses from their income when determining whether people are poor enough to receive food stamps. Along with prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, the state includes medical marijuana in its definition of medical expenses.

July 3, 2012

Medical marijuana, after a modest start, is on the way to becoming big business in Oregon

Large-scale marijuana growing operations such as James Bowman's illustrate how much has changed since 1998, when Oregonians approved marijuana for medicinal use. The program was pitched to voters as a modest one, drawing about 500 new sick people each year. Today, Oregon is home to 35,500 marijuana grow sites producing marijuana for nearly 55,000 medical marijuana patients.

Medical marijuana grower James Bowman tours his Southern Oregon farm

June 23, 2012

Washington County medical marijuana retailer pleads guilty to felony, placed on probation

Bracken McKey, a senior deputy district attorney in Washington County, told Washington County Circuit Judge Kirsten Thompson the state's goal in the case wasn't jail time. "The goal in this particular case was to shut down the business," he said.

June 6, 2012

Cracks in Oregon's medical marijuana law are filled with weed

Medical marijuana outlets flourish in Oregon with scant oversight from local, state and federal officials.

April 21, 2012

Willie Nelson throws his support behind proposed Oregon marijuana initiative

Currently, Oregon law limits marijuana to medical use. People with a qualifying condition such as cancer, glaucoma or severe, chronic pain, may get a doctor recommendation for marijuana and obtain state approval for its use.

March 20, 2012

Hundreds of out-of-staters find comfort in obtaining Oregon medical marijuana cards

Since June 2010, when the state started issuing cards to non-residents, nearly 600 out-of-staters have traveled here to obtain one. And while it's a small number compared with those issued to Oregonians -- 72,000 in-state residents got cards during that period -- it's a notable development for medical marijuana advocates and those who rely on the drug for medication.

February 19, 2012

 

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 Lori Duckworth is passionate about medical marijuana and its health benefits. "€œI truly believe this is the life plant,"€ she said in an interview last year.

 http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/05/another_oregon_medical_marijua.html

MEDFORD -- Lori Duckworth wasn't one to hide her marijuana activism. She was a regular at legislative hearings on medical marijuana bills. She operated a downtown storefront where thousands of dues-paying southern Oregon patients got cannabis. On Thursday, the 48-year-old married mother and grandmother became the latest high-profile figure in the state's robust cannabis community to be swept up in a drug investigation.

 

Duckworth and her husband, Leland Duckworth, 49, are accused of selling marijuana. State and federal laws ban the sale of the drug. Oregon allows medical marijuana growers to recoup the costs of supplies and utilities when providing the drug to state-registered patients.

The raids this week on the Duckworths' operation and others in southern Oregon come as Oregon lawmakers consider a bill that would legalize medical marijuana outlets like the Duckworths'. Lawmakers also are considering a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the conditions that can qualify patients to obtain medical marijuana.

Last year, federal agents raided sites associated with one of the state's largest medical marijuana producers, James Bowman, who operated a farm in Jackson County. Washington County authorities last year also shut down the Human Collective, a medical marijuana establishment that served as one of Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's campaign stops.

The Southern Oregon Cannabis Community Center, the outlet Duckworth operated, and three other medical marijuana establishments in the Medford area were raided Thursday by a drug task force made up of local, state and federal law enforcement. Police also searched four properties, including Duckworth's home, seizing marijuana, marijuana plants and weapons.

The Duckworths were taken into custody at her cannabis outlet in downtown Medford. Two other Medford men also were arrested as part of the investigation. All are being held at the Jackson County Jail on marijuana-related charges.

Leland Berger, a longtime marijuana advocate and Portland lawyer, wondered whether police targeted Duckworth because of her activism.

He also questioned the timing of the raids. Friday's furlough day for state employees and the Memorial Day weekend likely mean Duckworth and the other defendants will remain in jail until Tuesday.

"The only real effect of the police raiding safe access points is that patients are denied access to medicine, and in my view that is a form of domestic terrorism," Berger said.

Tim George, Medford's police chief, strongly denied any political agenda to the arrests.  

"These are state cases on the sale of marijuana, period," George said. "It doesn't matter who you are. If you do that, you run the risk of getting arrested."

Duckworth, already known to Medford-area cops by name, told The Oregonian last year she suspected her arrest was always a possibility. She and her husband said they kept a lawyer on retainer and had an emergency plan for their teenage son in case they were taken into police custody.

She also spoke out against out-of-state trafficking of medical marijuana, saying it reflected poorly on the state program.

"We're normal people," she said. "We want safe communities. Our children and our grandchildren live here too."

Last year, the couple said they grew far fewer plants than the state law allows, hoping to stay out of federal law enforcement's cross hairs. Duckworth had a saying to explain her self-imposed limits: "Don't poke the bear."

-- Noelle Crombie

 

Great Coach Said: Change the Laws if you don't like them.       Don't break them - - - change them. Speak the Truth. 

 

Dave Lewis said it the way it was, it was the way he said. 

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The military / National Guard trained and sworn soldiers, should have been handling any marijuana erads all along. Since 2004 x-sheriff Winters was  eradicating BILLIONS in marijuana with little to no oversight.

 

" We KNOW FACTUALLY  employees who smoke pot. "  The DOJ can only do so much. The DOJ gave money to  Michael Winters & he deposited it into accounts / distributed that money as he chose with County Administrator  Danny Jordan's oversight, for Jackson County.

If marijuana from Oregon, is turning up in Florida, PA., Texas and elsewhere, it needs to be tracked.

Growers lying for money, personal wealth, personal-gain, is wrong.

x-sheriff Winters (Constitutional Sheriff as in Harney County sheriff)  has openly stated he will not enforce United States Presidential  Executive Orders regarding taking guns from citizens, but he will enforce federal marijuana laws ? So which is it ?  Mike Winters deciding which laws to enforce for citizens of Jackson County ?

Lori Duckworth was wrongfully targeted. May justice prevail for her.


If they are going to investigate the Duckworths, they should also forensically evaluate Danny Jordan, Mike Winters, John Rachor, public entities, his employees, and especially x sheriff Mike Winters.

 

The hand that reaches beyond the grave, speaks loud and clear. Truly. Justice for Dave Lewis. Father of three. Murdered & burned. Ashland Oregon. We seek JUSTICE, because the victims can not.

 

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                 Oregon State Representatives Tour Marijuana Farms - -  including Dennis Richardson

 

 

 

 

Lori Duckworth. 28 Felonies Later. Ridiculous.

 

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State's marijuana dispensary bill

backfires in Southern Oregon

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Oregon's attempt at regulation has led to local backlash against pot outlets

  

 House Bill 3460 was supposed to offer a system of well-regulated

 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Oregon.

The bill, which took effect in March, was designed, in part, to answer concerns about providing safe access points for medical marijuana in Southern Oregon, where the bulk of the state's cannabis is grown

 

Instead, the intent of the bill appears to have backfired, and many local cities have taken a hard line against dispensaries, shutting down some and preventing others from opening.

"Are there temporary setbacks?" said Rep. Peter Buckley, a Democrat who was one of the co-authors of HB 3460. "Yes, there are temporary setbacks."

But, he said, the fear surrounding marijuana dispensaries will diminish over time.

He said he's encouraged by the steps Gold Hill has taken to enact a reasonable ordinance that allowed the opening of Breeze Botanicals, the only pot dispensary in the area at the moment.

HB 3460 created regulations for establishing medical marijuana dispensaries, but the measure sparked disputes between cities and the bill's sponsors over whether it allows cities to enact local bans.

Earlier this year, Buckley said that cities cannot ban dispensaries under House Bill 3460 or under Senate Bill 863, a state law regarding genetically modified organisms.

The Association of Oregon Counties and the League of Oregon Cities both disagreed with Buckley and maintained cities had the right to ban dispensaries.

Then, on March 19, Senate Bill 1531 was signed into law, giving local governments the ability to regulate and restrict medical marijuana. The bill also allows cities to enact moratoriums on dispensaries until May 1, 2015.

Buckley said change is difficult, but professionally run dispensaries such as Breeze Botanicals will help dispel many of the fears.

He said Ashland is moving forward with an ordinance that will allow placement of dispensaries, and he said he expects Talent might also find a way to have dispensaries.

"I actually think things are moving forward despite some of the roadblocks being put up by some of the cities in Southern Oregon," Buckley said. "It is worth the effort to get to a professional system that is effective."

Medford Councilor Daniel Bunn said he agrees with Buckley that fears about marijuana dispensaries will fade over time if they prove they can operate within the rules.

"If Buckley believes that, he shouldn't try to force cities to have dispensaries," Bunn said. "Basically, he was saying that he wanted to force every town to take them right now."

Bunn said that even Buckley's home town of Ashland has taken a cautious approach to enacting a dispensary ordinance.

"I thought it was pretty great when Ashland said, 'We want local control,' " Bunn said.

Medford has placed a permanent moratorium on dispensaries, and it revoked the business license for MaryJane's Attic and Basement, a boutique and pot dispensary in the Winco Shopping Center on Barnett Road. The city relied on federal law, which provides criminal penalties for medical use of marijuana.

Medford likely will wait a couple of years to see how marijuana dispensaries work in other communities, Bunn said. Medford wants to learn what's working and what's not working, he said.

Gold Hill is an example of local control improving on a state law by requiring background checks of all employees, Bunn said.

"We're not against it to be against it," he said. "It should be the last resort to force something on people."

Buckley said he is considering an amendment to HB 3460 to require background checks on all dispensary employees, not just the owner.

Leland Berger, a Portland lawyer who represents marijuana dispensaries in Medford and Phoenix that have been forced to shut down, said, "The Legislature in general didn't anticipate that the bill would be sabotaged."

Berger said positions taken by the League of Oregon Cities and Association of Oregon Counties encouraged city lawyers, city managers and mayors to amend business license ordinances.

Both Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, and Buckley, who co-authored HB 3460, were "blindsided" by the proponents of SB 1531, Berger said.

"They decided that local control and power was greater than state pre-emption," he said.

In the northern part of the state, marijuana dispensaries have operated for years with very little interference from local governments, Berger said.

HB 3460 removed the gray area that these dispensaries operated under in the northern part of the state and opened up the potential for more dispensaries in the southern part of the state, he said.

"I think there are two Oregons," Berger said.

In the north, dispensaries have operated for years, but in Southern Oregon, they have had a difficult time, he said.

"There remains this disconnect where municipalities like Medford seize local control and justify it through bigotry and a claim to be upholding federal law," Berger said.

Andrea Adams, owner of The Greenery in Phoenix, said that since raids on some local dispensaries last year and the passage of HB 3460, there is probably 90-percent less access to safe medical marijuana from stores in the area.

"It's been a huge crackdown," she said. "I'm disappointed in the bigotry on behalf of local governments and lobbying groups to undermine 3460."

Adams said The Greenery is complying with a Jackson County Circuit Court injunction to halt the dispensing of medical marijuana. She said The Greenery remains open to advise patients about their needs, referring them to dispensaries in Gold Hill and Klamath Falls.

She said she shares Buckley's feelings that over a relatively short period of time, there will be greater acceptance.

The country has endured about 100 years of prohibitions against marijuana that have created unfair laws and unfair sentiments against pot, Adams said.

"When you clean up messy situations, sometimes it gets messier before it's cleaned," she said. "The battles heat up before they're over."

 

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