A political formula is being resolved in the Oregon Legislature after the public hearing on Monday, which is putting forward a proposal to proceed with the bill authorizing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. It is aimed at expanding Oregon’s marijuana programs, and of course as a happy news for the supporters of the contemporary marijuana reform. The present registration facilities existing in the state, unfortunately outdated and ineffective, will be ruled out when this bill comes into effect, hopefully very soon. The bill has direct control over the Oregon Health Authority, and directs it to establish an effective registration facility for dispensaries using marijuana medicines.
In the recent past, the state has witnessed many controversial arguments over neo liberalizing ideologies and modernized reforms like legalizing marijuana and other psychotropic drugs, especially in a country which respects the classical theories of liberalization, legacy, social ethics and national interest. However, the winds of change have been there, and now authorities are balancing the political equations, giving more credit to the majority’s interest. A viable statute, but preventing loop holes leading to abuse, is a long awaited proposition to issue medical marijuana dispensaries, and the House Bill 3460 hopefully does ssem to be it.
Now with the bill introduced by Peter Buckley and Floyd Prozanski, both Democrats, the medical facilities using marijuana need to obtain a license from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. In addition, the bill puts forward a series of regulations that such medical facilities must meet, along with giving the Oregon Health Authority the right to draft required rules and statutes to ensure patient’s protection while undergoing treatment using marijuana. In Oregon, the laws on cannabis treatment came into effect in 1998, but it imposed limits on both the access and the cultivation of marijuana. But it unfortunately paved way for black markets and drug cartels.
Now, the House Bill 3460 has strong norms that include providing authorized patients with legal and sanctioned access to medical cannabis, easing the transfer of this medicine towards patients. The proposed regulations on pesticides, mold and mildew testing have got wide approval; invariably it will ensure the purity of the drug. Reports say that the Legislature is also considering bills that would legalize and tax marijuana.
The public interest is changing, and this trend may continue. And legal amendments are possibly yet to come, hopefully in the very recent future.