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Re: “Two Sides of the Same Leaf

Subsidizing the medical marijuana needs of some patients is both compassionate and good money management. OHP already spends the bulk of health care dollars on care for chronic pain, elderly and terminally ill patients. These are the patients who can benefit most from medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can be cheaper than the pharmaceutical alternatives.

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Posted by rancher on 02/11/2015 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Two Sides of the Same Leaf

The legislators should be looking at how to merge medical marijuana with the health care system as well as with recreational marijuana. Oregon developed a complicated system where marijuana farmers subsidize the health care of some of Oregon's poorest and sickest citizens. That expense should shift to the Oregon Health Plan which should subsidize the cost of marijuana products for some patients. Oregon also needs to do research to flesh out the best practices for using medical marijuana so Oregon doctors can advise patients on dosage and delivery methods based on sound research.

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Posted by rancher on 02/11/2015 at 4:32 PM

Re: “With Deadlines Looming, Pot Campaign Faces Labor Demands and Complaints from a Rival Effort

The other issue is the initiative process. It is broken. It is almost impossible to qualify for the ballot without nearly a million dollars. Petitioning has become a bureaucratic nightmare of rules that do not protect the integrity of the process. It is ridiculous that voter registration and petition signing haven't entered the modern internet world in a meaningful way. Determining whether a person is registered to vote and whether they have signed a particular petition already should be simple and fast. And are we really better off having people sign petitions on the street in a big rush after having an issue explained to them in a few seconds by a barely trained low paid temp worker than we would be if we find a secure way for people to be informed about issues online and "sign" by demonstrating that they support a vote on that issue?

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Posted by rancher on 06/15/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “With Deadlines Looming, Pot Campaign Faces Labor Demands and Complaints from a Rival Effort

This story raises many issues. The most important is that marijuana prohibition is a total failure. It must end. There was an appropriate time for advocates of marijuana reform to have the internal debate about how to end prohibition. That time has passed. The sponsors of New Approach Oregon did a good job of getting input from many stakeholders including me and Paul Stanford. NAO is well drafted and learns much from Colorado and Washington. Everyone who wants to end marijuana prohibition should unite behind NAO and actively participate in the campaign. Stanford should suspend his campaigns and shift his resources to supporting NAO. Marijuana reform may be leading in the current polling, but it is close, this is a midterm (low-turnout) election and opponents of marijuana reform may try to make Oregon their last stand. Sheldon Adelson recently donated millions of dollars to oppose a medical marijuana initiative in Florida. We can't let minor issues or squabbles squander this historic opportunity.

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Posted by rancher on 06/15/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Slow Burn

The best outcome for supporters of ending prohibition and regulating and taxing marijuana would be for both the Constitutional Amendment and the New Approach initiative to qualify for the ballot and pass. The Amendment would end marijuana prohibition first and then separate all the details of regulation to a next step. The Amendment doesn't create a right to possess marijuana as the Oregonian wrongly reported recently, it addresses the wrong of using criminal penalties to regulate marijuana and instead requires that marijuana regulation be based on civil fines unless public safety (DUI) or children were involved. This is an important foundation for any tax and regulate model. The new approach initiative would build on this foundation with layers of regulation that would treat marijuana like alcohol. The combination of these two initiatives would give Oregon the best marijuana law on Earth. If voters want to ensure that Oregon moves forward, they should put these measures on the ballot. That means contacting the campaigns and helping by collecting signatures and donating money. Leaving our destiny to be shaped by out-of-state billionaires and mysterious lawyers delaying progress is not such a good idea. So, fellow marijuana lovers, get up, stand up and seize this moment in history!

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Posted by rancher on 03/14/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “High Times

Possession of less than an ounce of flowers is a violation. Possession of two ounces is a felony. Its not going from 0 to 60, its going from free life to prison. But we can end this madness soon. The Oregon Legislature will soon be considering a bill to legalze and regulate marijuana. This will allow best practices to emerge and a free people to make their own life choices. We all need to step up and tell the Legislature to do the right thing. If they won't then we will take it back to the ballot with an initiative.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rancher on 02/23/2013 at 10:24 AM

Re: “What Will it Take to Legalize Marijuana in Oregon?

The writing is on the wall. Everyone can see that legalization is inevitable. The Oregonian is finally right. The Legislature should make it unnecessary for activists to write another marijuana initiative by passing a reasonable law themselves. If they don't then we will mount a better funded campaign for a more moderate measure. The average stoner can help by contributing to the effort instead of expecting out of state billionaires to fund the campaign. Legalization will happen here as soon as stoners unite to pay the bill.

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Posted by rancher on 11/09/2012 at 5:46 AM

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