Oregon’s official government site providing the rules and regulations in the state can be found at: http://public.health.oregon.gov
On October 25th, New Approach Oregon filed an initiative to the secretary of state’s office to legalize recreational cannabis. While Oregonians had the opportunity to legalize last year, the measure fell through with 55% of voters striking down the bill. Unlike the previous initiative, the new one is expected to pass due to thefinancial backing of Progressive Insurance, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the American Victory Coalition.
Measure 67 was passed by voters in 1998, taking effect later that same year. Eligible patients must obtain a signed recommendation from their physician saying medical marijuana “may mitigate” a given medical condition. A confidential, state-run registry issues identification cards to qualifying patients. Eligible patients who are arrested for marijuana possession or cultivation and are not registered with the state may argue an “affirmative defense of medical necessity.”
- Illnesses: cachexia; cancer; chronic pain; epilepsy and other conditions characterized by seizures; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; nausea; Alzheimer’s disease (other conditions subject to state approval)
- Possession: 24 ounces of usable marijuana
- Cultivation: 18 seedlings and six mature marijuana plants (24 total)
- Dispensaries: Not allowed under current law
- Statute: Oregon Rev. Stat. 475.300 – 475.346