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Many current patients have said they will continue to be OMMP cardholders because they are medical cannabis patients, not recreational cannabis users.
The passage of Measure 91 last November did nothing to lessen their appraisal of cannabis' important health benefits, and expressly sought to protect the OMMP by not throwing its patients under the onrushing bus of cannabis' legalization.
Many destitute patients currently rely upon the altruism of OMMP growers and dispensary owners to provide them with their medicinal needs at no charge, and they must budget for months in advance to meet the yearly cost of renewing their OMMP card.
While the decision protects Oregon's 36,000 patients and caregivers who hold OMMP licenses and ostensibly get their pot at dispensaries, Oregon NORML thinks the state is ready for even more reform.
Behind the bar, Rumpspankers owner Eric Solomon, wearing a grubby tent-sized T-shirt, tells his staff and the NORML volunteers, who all must have OMMP cards, to expect "at least a thousand people.
Following the petitions, EPA consented to the training with particular safeguards, including use of bullet capture systems and compliance with Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring Plans ( OMMPs ) developed for each of the three ranges.
This shortage prevents patients from properly utilizing cannabis' preventive and healing qualities in addressing the major medical problems we patients face in order to get an OMMP card in the first place
While patients now receive protection under the OMMP, we still have thousands of others, users of a plant that Drug Enforcement Agency administrative law judge Francis Young called "one of the safest therapeutic substances known to man" who live under the threat of arrest and prosecution.
As one of the more than 12,000 Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients in the state, I have a relevant question, one many other participants in the OMMP are asking also: "Where can I find my medicine?
Oregon is missing the mark by not realizing we already have more than 12,000 case studies of cannabis as medicine in the OMMP, in spite of what Big Brother says.
The Bush administration, specifically through former Attorney General John Ashcroft, has clearly stated the intention to target doctors involved with the OMMP on any level.