Proposed by initiative petition to be voted on at the General Election, November 2, 2004.
AMENDS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT: REQUIRES MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES FOR SUPPLYING PATIENTS/ CAREGIVERS; RAISES PATIENTS' POSSESSION LIMIT
RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote amends Medical Marijuana Act: requires creating marijuana dispensaries to supply patients/caregivers; allows dispensary/caregiver sales to patients; increases amount patients may possess.
RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains current Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, which allows registered patients to possess limited amounts of marijuana for medical purposes, and prohibits marijuana sales.
SUMMARY: Oregon Medical Marijuana Act currently allows registered patients to possess/deliver/produce limited amounts of marijuana for medical purposes. Current law prohibits all marijuana sales, including sales to patients. Measure creates licensing program for nonprofit, regulated medical marijuana dispensaries, which may supply six pounds marijuana yearly per patient. Permits dispensaries to sell marijuana to registered patients/caregivers; percentage of proceeds funds program. Requires dispensaries to provide indigent patients marijuana. Requires county health departments in counties without licensed dispensaries to become dispensaries and supply marijuana to registered patients. Allows designated caregivers to sell marijuana to their registered patients. Increases marijuana registered patients may possess to ten mature plants, any number seedlings, one pound usable marijuana (six pounds if patient grows only one crop yearly). Other provisions.
ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: The measure would require state expenditures of $340,000 to $560,000 per year on a recurring basis, with additional one-time start-up costs of $135,000. All but $75,000 of these costs may be offset by fees to be established by the Department of Human Services as provided in the measure. The financial effect on local government revenues and expenditures cannot be determined.