Oregon was the first state to legalize marijuana in 1998 for chronic pain patients. Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), was the law that allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients suffering from glaucoma or multiple sclerosis, cancer, aids, or any other condition that can cause chronic pain or muscle spasms.
This law gave relief to thousands of patients in the state, providing a natural alternative for addictive opioid painkillers like Vicodin or Oxycontin. Problem is, the law did not provide an easy way for marijuana patients to get their medicine.
OMMA allowed patients to have a caregiver responsible for growing their marijuana. It is expensive and time-intensive to grow marijuana, so it can be difficult to find caregivers willing to grow the marijuana for you. Many patients who desperately need medical marijuana are now unable to get it.
To grow your own marijuana, you will need to put in a lot of effort in setting up and maintaining an indoor garden. Unfortunately, patients who most need medical marijuana are those who have the least ability to grow it. This is why marijuana dispensaries are so important.
The “Voter power” organization started the process to get an initiative, I-28 on the ballot. This will allow for the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries. These dispensaries can legally sell marijuana to OMMA patients for medical purposes. Portland is the state’s biggest city, and it is most likely that many of these dispensaries will open.
These dispensaries will purchase marijuana from Oregon medical marijuana growers. The dispensaries will then sell medicinal marijuana to OMMA patients, who will need to present their medical marijuana card before selling it. The state will regulate both buyers and sellers and tax all transactions.
Portland marijuana dispensaries are a significant source for tax revenue for Oregon, but more importantly they will provide legal, natural medication to those who really need it.