Newsbrief: Oregon House Passes Bill to Restrict Medical Marijuana, Action Pending in Senate 5/2/03

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A bill that would tighten Oregon's medical marijuana law by limiting caregivers to growing for only one patient and at one location passed the Oregon House on a 35-19 vote Wednesday. The bill would also prohibit felons from being certified caregivers.

Since some caregivers provide marijuana for more than one patient, the result of the bill if passed will be that some cardholding patients will be without a legal supply of their medicine. According to one estimate, over 1,500 Oregon patients could lose access to legal medical marijuana.

The bill now heads to the Oregon Senate, which is currently evenly split among Republicans and Democrats. Because it is late in the session, the bill's prospects are cloudy, but Oregon medical marijuana advocates urge Oregon voters to contact their representatives to ensure the bill dies.

Visit http://www.leg.state.or.us/comm/sms/sms03/hb2939ahhs04-14-2003.pdf to read the bill online.

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