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by: Abassos • April 3, 2010 • no comments

Anyone else notice that the marijuana legalization movement has upped it's game recently? Tea party libertarians and progressives are combining with middle of the road folks who are generally fed up with a marijuana based drug war and all it's correlative costs.

Case in point: File:Justsaynow.jpg

A newly formed, well funded coalition of "prosecutors, judges, cops, students, bloggers and political operatives from both sides of the aisle" has devoted itself to backing marijuana initiatives in Arizona, California, South Dakota, Colorado and . . . Oregon.

Oregon Ballot Measure 74 would "establish a medical marijuana supply system and assistance and research programs; allows limited selling of marijuana." It's basically the regulation and moderate expansion of our already existing medical marijuana laws. Which is definitely needed. A cannabis club just opened up near me. I was surprised to find that there were almost no regulations concerning the legal distribution of marijuana even though there is a remarkably high level of regulation in this state around alcohol.

Here's the Sec. of State's description of Measure 74:

Current law allows specified individuals to become registered growers of medical marijuana by meeting criteria; does not allow marijuana sales or state assistance to cardholders in obtaining marijuana; limits growers to six mature plants and 24 ounces of useable marijuana for each cardholder; limits certain growers to growing for four cardholders; limits growers' reimbursements. Measure creates medical marijuana supply system composed of licensed dispensaries and producers. Establishes licensing guidelines. Producers and dispensaries can possess 24 plants and 96 ounces of marijuana. Allows limited sales (by expanding cost categories currently not reimbursable). Exempts dispensaries, dispensary employees, and producers from most marijuana criminal statutes. Establishes low income cardholders' assistance program. Allows state to conduct or fund research of cardholders' marijuana use. Retains grow registration system. Other provisions.