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Soon Oregon Will Not Allow Out Of State Medical Marijuana Patients Or Growers

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(image via Oregon Herald)

For awhile now Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) has had a distinction that no other state’s medical marijuana program has – it allows non-Oregon residents to become a patient or grower in the program. There are multiple states that recognize out of state medical marijuana cards, but Oregon will allow you to become a patient in Oregon (but has never recognized out of state medical marijuana cards). There are not a lot of out of state patients in the OMMP, but there are some nonetheless. Per Oregon Live:

Beginning Jan. 1, the Oregon Health Authority will stop issuing cards to patients without Oregon addresses. The rule is a response to a law passed this year by the Legislature requiring in-state residency.

Medical marijuana growers, who supply the dispensary market as well as individual patients, will also fall under new residency requirements. Starting July 1, new medical marijuana growers have had to demonstrate that they’ve lived in Oregon for two years.

According to the latest Oregon Health Authority data, about 71,000 people are registered as patients; about 1,900 have addresses outside of Oregon. The bulk of patients living outside of Oregon come from California, Idaho and Washington, according to state statistics. The list includes, famously, the singer Willie Nelson.

So unfortunately for Willie Nelson, patients like him will not be allowed to be Oregon medical marijuana patients or growers in 2016. I feel bad for the patients that have been traveling to Oregon for treatments, but there is a somewhat silver lining. Oregon now allows recreational marijuana, and limited recreational marijuana sales will start October 1st. That will help patients that are traveling for flower, but unfortunately won’t help patients that use other forms of cannabis, because early sales will only involve flower, plants, and seeds.


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  1. Yea, when you’re caring for someone who has cancer and can’t even support their own RSO treatments let alone the cost of living away from home (in the deep south) for a couple months – then YES the 30% is SOOOOO hard to pay. Don’t be an insensitive oaf. If you’re not in Oregon, then you’re not likely equipped to give a qualifying opinion.

  2. “Starting July 1, new medical marijuana growers have had to demonstrate that they’ve lived in Oregon for two years.” If I’m from PA and I want to move to my cousins weed farm to learn how to grow, I can’t do that. We are NOT welcome to live in Oregon and are in fact dettered from living in it at all.

  3. No it doesn’t…they can live here and take advantage of the export market when the Feds change their banking policies and the CSA.

    What keeps them out of the market is that it is saturated and they can’t export now.

  4. Ya…like 30% is soooooo hard to pay.

    What other point is there since you can’t export no matter what?

  5. Large companies do not need to carry the license. They can hire in state growers or they can franchise.

    It does hit some “fat cats” though. Oregon’s largest garden is Cali owned and operated. Sooooo, they get shut down. I’m sure they needed it and it wasn’t just a front for their export market.

  6. This cuts out people who want to move to states to learn about the “growing” industry. — I dissaprove

  7. It may only be a hurdle, but this is how it should be in every state…having residency requirements to gain licenses is one way to try to stop the growth of Big Marijuana and foster local and state control, as well as promote locally/regionally grown strains. I don’t want to sound like the idiot Kevin Sabet, but at the same time, as these large companies grow in the already legal states, they will want to grow and expand to other states if they can, that’s how smart business works….and if as a new state comes online, if they just throw open the door to anybody, resident or not..who’s gonna have the money to fund in the new state? yep the big companies coming out of Colorado. Washington, Oregon, etc…This does not even account for already wealthy folks that would want to come in from any other state as well…

    I think the med card thing can be solved by simply following the model set forth by the concealed handgun system, where you have reciprocity from one state to another as long as you have a legal valid card from your home state….if you move to a new state, you then have a set time period to transfer your card over to your new home state… say 6 months..

    This is the problem I’m seeing with the new law that passed here in Texas…as far as I can read there is no residency requirement for the new system that is being hashed out now…so to me that is just a big fat welcome mat for out of state interests to come in and takeover..

    Now don’t get me wrong…I’m no fool and I know big money regardless of where it resides will find a way to fund and profit from this industry regardless of the state, but at least having a residency requirement will slow down the inevitable big companies taking over..and will provide some amount of time for local and in state residents to try to establish their own foothold…

  8. Is there a work-around for short term visitors besides rec? Like renting a PO box in Portland or something? Maybe listing your residence as room 420, Motel 6…

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