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Oregon group works to legalize dispensaries | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.

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13 responses to “Oregon group works to legalize dispensaries”

  1. Chris Werner

    Yeahrights comment is evidence enough that what I-28 is proposing is almost a matter of life and death for some people in Oregon. For anybody to not support it to the fullest is the same as saying they don’t believe there should be a way for people who are desperately in need, sick, and dieing to get the medicine that they so badly need. I would like to see a day when the words marijuana or cannabis were no were to be found in any law books and it was as free as rosemary or sage, but we need to take care of those who need this medically first!

  2. Yeahright

    I’m one of the people medical cannabis would benefit-but I’m in no shape to start gardening. I can barely feed myself (as in, lift food to my mouth, I’m typing this with a hand brace, for example). So even though I have a card, I can’t actually obtain any marijuana in Oregon. Getting a grower is damn near impossible, without being ripped off. And I’m too old and disabled to go looking for a drug dealer. So here I am with a perfectly worthless card. And everyone going on about how wonderful the program is. For who? Not for really sick people…. :-x

  3. Scotlandak

    I have heard alot from people about the nonprofit part of I-28. Let me clear this up for uneducated.

    A not for profit or nonprofit business does not mean you can not pay people. What it means is at the end of the year at tax time the business itself does not make any money. All the money made must be redistributed either by donating the money, providing services for free or paying employees more. this does not mean that you can not sell the medicine, this does not mean that you can not pay the growers, dispensary workers, mangers etc. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU DO EVERYTHING FOR FREE. What it does mean is that you have to create an entity with 3 people and those 3 people can get paid but they must not turn a profit for the business. This stops a person from opening a dispensary and price gauging to make a huge profit for himself.

    In a business you open the business with purpose of selling a product or service in order to MAKE A PROFIT. If it costs you $5 a gram to do business including paying people to do the work if you want you can sell it for $25 a gram.

    In a non-profit you open a business with purpose of selling a product or service in order to PROVIDE THIS SERVICE. The price you charge reflects the cost of doing business. So if it costs you $5 a gram to do business including paying people to do the work then you have to sell your product for $5 a gram.

    In exchange for doing this the government gives you tax breaks that make it easier to provide the goods or services which in turn make the product or service cheaper to the customer.

    I leave you with this which is the bottom line.

    There is only 1 reason why someone would want to create a dispensary as a business rather than a non profit. That reason is to make alot of money.

  4. Dakota Harrison

    im so torn on this because there are alot of medical patients that dont have the ability to spend the time and money it takes to grow, and really care for, a cannabis plant. also i think that having dispensaries is a good way to keep dealing off the streets, make money in taxes for other healthcare issues, and create jobs BUT i dont understand this whole “non-profit” thing. im sadly misinformed and im really trying to understand the situation, but im hearing different things from different trusted organizations. i dont understand why patients wouldnt have to pay for their pot, i mean when i get prescribed with something from the doctor i have to pay for it at the pharmacy. so why cant legitimate medical dispensaries make money to pay growers, and other workers that help run the dispensaries, and pay taxes that would help fund other issues in our state. i certainly dont think products should be over priced, and patients shouldnt be taken advantage of. dispensaries certainly shouldnt provide to just anybody. isnt there more of a happy medium? and what details am missing because im really confused?

  5. Jim Greig

    Russ, you retorically asked “Will supporters of one group campaign against the initiative of another group?” It looks like you answered your own question.
    I have a question for you. What is the difference between a dispensary selling medicine, and the so called Oregon NORML chgapter selling medicine for the OR Medicaal Marijuana awards?

    Jim Greig
    Board member Voter Power
    Board member WV NORML
    State Organizer Americans for Safe Access
    Organizer Global Marijuana March-Eugene

  6. Kat

    Marijuana is such a depressing issue to me now, ever since I was arrested here.. I’ve never been to jail in my life (I spent a total of 12 days in) and now I’m starving just so I can pay the court. :(
    …I had a medical card in CA, and didn’t realize another state with a plan in place wouldn’t honor it. They call my legal problem a “thinking error”. I was arrested under false pretenses and have talked to several lawyers who all refused to help me. I feel so helpless. :bawl:

  7. Voter Power

    I-28 (Dispensaries in Oregon) ballot will be voted on in Nov of 2010. We are already at the half way mark of the signatures that we need to have the initiative on the ballot! Voter Power is working very hard to gather signatures, your support is appreciated!

  8. rj

    i think that the ommp is good the way it is!!!!!

  9. jaxon

    DOes anyone know when people will be able to apply to open a dispensary or how they would go about doing so?

  10. formernormlpresident

    I understand your concern for the division in Oregon. Unfortunately I must support the Voter Power medical marijuana initiative over the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act initiative because OCTA would abolish the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act protects growers and patients. OCTA does not protect the current Medical Marijuana growers and patients or the records that make them legal today.

    It also mandates that the state distribute cannabis. We have already seen the meaningless Arizona Medical Marijuana law which calls for doctor’s prescriptions for marijuana. Marijuana can not be prescribed. Sates will not violate federal law.

    Why should we abolish a good medical marijuana system for a system that can never be implemented?

  11. Urb Age

    I’ll go out on a limb and say “Yes” to all your Rhetorical questions, which are dern good questions.

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