House Passes Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana Facilities

The Oregon House today passed legislation to license and regulate the nearly 200 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Oregon today. House Bill 3460, passed on a 31-27 vote, requires the Oregon Health Authority to set up a licensure system under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

“This bill came to me not from law enforcement, but from senior citizens in my district who want safe access to marijuana that helps them,” said Representative Peter Buckley. HB 3460 recognizes that these dispensaries are operating in Oregon today and ensures that they are regulated to provide that safe access.”

Endorsed by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and the Oregon League of Cities, the bill states dispensaries:

  • Must be located more than 1000 feet from a school, and from each other
  • Receive patient authorization to receive medicine from a legally registered grow site
  • Requires testing for pesticides, molds and mildews
  • Prohibits dispensaries in residential neighborhoods
  • Requires tracking of marijuana coming on and going out
  • Requires security systems
  • Grant OMMP broad rule-making authority to develop additional rules and regulations

“HB 3460 is a moderate bill that recognizes that some 200 dispensaries are operating all over Oregon today, patients are visiting them regularly and it is time to bring these facilities under the medical marijuana program,” said Geoff Sugerman, director of Oregonians for Medical Rights and the group sponsoring the legislation. “The regulations will provide a new level of safety and access to patients while giving dispensaries and local communities clear direction on how these should be operated.”

The bill passed out of the House Health Care Committee on an 8-1 vote earlier in the session and the full Ways and Means Committee 18-8 prior to the floor vote today.

“There is a growing recognition that this medical marijuana program needs updating and that dispensaries need to be professionalized for the safety of patients and the continued health and safety of the program in general,” said Sam Chapman, a director for Oregonians for Medical Rights.

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