ASHLAND, Ore. — With the signature of the governor, medical marijuana dispensaries will become legal in the state of Oregon. This will make Oregon the 13th state where marijuana can be sold in retail establishments.
Currently, people who possess medical marijuana cards can either grow marijuana or hire someone to grow for them. There are no set places where cardholders can go to purchase marijuana.
“Having a greenery or dispensary would be beneficial for our town,” said cardholder Josh Jayne. “It could create revenue for our town and make it easier for people who are really sick to obtain medicine.”
Ashland Alternative Medicine signs medical marijuana cards, but they do not issue marijuana to their patients, but their CEO said he has seen resource centers pop up, which are “places where patients can procure medicine under a suggested donation, and the legal lease is very ambiguous.”
With the passing of HB 3460, the buying and selling of medical marijuana will be state regulated.
“Patents will now have safe access to medicine, and they will also have regulated quality control access to medicine,” said Ashland Alternative Medicine CEO, Alex Rogers.
Rogers said he does not expect the proposed law will hurt his business. He said if anything it would help it because the legalization and convenience.
“Now buying and selling will be legal,” said Rogers. “Therefore, it creates a cannabis culture if you will that will make more main stream folk feel more comfortable going out and getting their card.”
Rogers said he plans on keeping his business strictly alternative medicine, but does plan to open a consulting firm for those looking for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Assuming the governor does sign the proposed law, it will go into effect in March 2014.