PHOENIX, Ore. – For Eric Mills, marijuana is the only thing that helps the nausea. He suffers side-effects after getting cancerous polyps removed from his colon.
Mills tried to grow his medicine on his own, but his plants kept getting stolen or mowed.
Now he says his last option is about to disappear.
“I am going to have to go to Eugene now,” said Mills. “If someone was diabetic, you wouldn’t say ‘oh your insulin is up in Portland now, or it’s up in Eugene now.”
The Greenery is the last physical medical marijuana facility in Jackson County, after a wave of moratoriums forced several existing facilities to shut down and delayed a number of new ones.
Patients who don’t want to grow their own or use local delivery services may start looking to places like Eugene in a matter of days.
City leaders originally tried enforcing their year-long moratorium last week, telling The Greenery owner Andrea Adams that she would have to voluntarily close her doors by May 16th. They say the moratorium is intended to allow the public to vote on ordinances that would eventually allow dispensaries like the greenery to legally operate.
But because the greenery didn’t close voluntarily, they say the injunction was their only choice.
“This isn’t the most desirable way to go, but we kind of feel that it’s the only avenue we have right now,” said Mayor Jeff Bellah.
That injunction, which would last until the end of the moratorium, could be approved in as little as a couple of days.
The Greenery says it’s forcing many patients like Mills to go through an unnecessary hassle, and promise to fight that injunction to the end.
“We are simply not going to stop fighting until things have changed,” said Greenery owner Andrea Adams.
And while fighting goes on, patients like Mills say they’re being left in limbo.
“It’s a problem,” said Mills. “There’s a big problem, and it’s not going to be solved anytime soon.”