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Measure 74

  • Argument in Favor

    FORMER POLICE CHIEF SAYS VOTE ‘YES’ ON MEASURE 74

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

    Measure 74 will, for the first time, regulate Oregon’s medical marijuana supply system, making it more accountable. This proposal will allow patients to safely obtain their medicine from regulated, nonprofit clinics.

    As the former police chief of Portland, I would much rather see clinics like pharmacies dispensing medical marijuana to qualified, seriously ill patients. Today, patients often must go to black-market profiteers and criminals.

    Measure 74 builds on our existing regulatory system for medical marijuana, which has worked well. Currently, more than 35,000 qualified, seriously ill patients in Oregon are registered, carrying special identification cards. That’s a great help to law enforcement officers. They can see who is, or isn’t, legally entitled to use medical marijuana.

    WHAT’S MISSING NOW IS REGULATION OF SUPPLY

    The big flaw in our law is the lack of a regulated supply system. The result: Too many loopholes. Who can grow marijuana? How much? For whom? Are growers known to law enforcement? Are they subject to inspection?

    Failing to regulate supply opens the door to misunderstanding, conflict and abuse. It’s bad for patients and bad for law enforcement.

    MEASURE 74 REGULATES SUPPLY
    AND MAKES THE SYSTEM MORE ACCOUNTABLE

    Measure 74 requires that suppliers be licensed, regulated and accountable, subject to background checks and inspections. They will have to pay fees and taxes.

    Medical marijuana clinics must operate as fully accountable, not-for-profit entities. They, too, must pay fees and taxes. The locations of any dispensaries will be regulated.

    Measure 74 will create a much safer system for patients, one that law enforcement can supervise more effectively.

    VOTE YES on Measure 74 to help seriously ill patients maintain a good quality of life, while helping law enforcement regulate medical marijuana.

    Tom Potter, Chief of Portland Police Bureau, (Ret.), and Mayor of Portland, (Ret.)

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR SAYS ‘YES’ TO MEASURE 74

    RESPONSIBLE REGULATION IMPROVES
    OREGON’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW

    Regulation of marijuana for medical use is overdue. That’s why I support Measure 74.

    For many years, regulation was almost impossible. The federal government resisted state laws permitting medical marijuana.

    I know. I am a former federal prosecutor, having served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon from 1994-2001.

    During my years with the government, official policy was hostile to state laws on medical marijuana. We treated marijuana the same as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine.

    Even if a state opened the door to medical use, we were to continue to treat marijuana as an illegal drug, as if the voters had said nothing.

    FEDERAL POLICY NOW OPEN TO STATE REGULATION

    With 14 states now allowing medical marijuana, federal policy has changed. Attorney General Eric Holder has directed federal law enforcement agencies not to pursue criminal cases in which people are “complying with state laws on medical marijuana.”

    This means that Oregon can now move to regulate the supply of marijuana for medical use. Measure 74 would provide that regulation.

    This regulated system would be a big improvement. Today, with no rules on medical marijuana supplies, money flows to black-market profiteers who take advantage of patients. Even some who grow marijuana legally for patients might sell some to non-medical users.

    Under Measure 74, growers and suppliers must be licensed, subject to new rules, background checks and limitations. Clinics that dispense medical marijuana would have to be nonprofit operations. All would pay licensing fees and taxes and would be held accountable for complying with state law.

    Oregon already has solid regulations to verify patients’ qualifications for medical marijuana use. Measure 74 extends that regulatory system to cover their supply of this medicine. It is a responsible next step.

    Vote YES on Measure 74 for responsible
    medical marijuana regulation.

    Kris Olson, Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    OREGON DOCTORS SAY ‘YES’ TO MEASURE 74

    REGULATED, SAFE ACCESS TO A NECESSARY
    MEDICINE FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL

    As physicians, our first duty is to our patients. We want patients to have access to the best tools available for diagnosis and treatment.

    We support Measure 74 because it improves the law that allows seriously ill patients to use cannabis (marijuana) as a medicine upon their doctor’s recommendation.

    Measure 74 will enhance the care and well-being of thousands of seriously ill patients. It will reduce pain and suffering and improve quality of life.

    PATIENTS NEED BETTER, SAFER WAY TO GET THEIR MEDICINE

    Measure 74 fixes problems with our existing medical cannabis law. For the first time, it creates a regulated, accountable system to supply the drug.

    With prescription drugs, patients have their choice of pharmacies. But today, with medical cannabis, patients must grow their own plants, ask someone else to do it for them, or buy it on the black market.

    Under Measure 74, doctors can send patients to regulated, nonprofit clinics much like pharmacies to get the drug they need to help maintain a decent quality of life.

    By regulating production and dispensing of cannabis, Measure 74 allows quality control, labeling and research to inform best practices by physicians.

    Scientific studies show that cannabis is useful for treating a range of debilitating conditions. The regulatory system provided by Measure 74 gives doctors and patients better information and better treatment options.

    We also know that too many sick and disabled Oregon patients are living without the medicine they need. Measure 74 will help low-income and homebound patients obtain medical cannabis when recommended by their physicians.

    Please join us in voting “YES” on Measure 74, to regulate medical use of cannabis.

    Frances J. Storrs, MD

    Peter Goodwin, MD

    Glenn M. Gordon, MD

    John Pearson, MD

    Nancy Crumpacker, MD

    Philip Newman, MD

    Susan Katz, MD

    James P. Scott, MD

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    OREGON’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW IS WORKING

    NOW LET’S IMPROVE IT

    REGULATE THE SUPPLY OF THIS MEDICINE

    I’m a doctor who has seen medical marijuana work for many patients with debilitating medical conditions.

    I was a Chief Petitioner for Oregon’s medical marijuana law in 1998, and I now strongly support Measure 74.

    Measure 74 would improve the current system by providing clear safeguards designed to protect seriously ill and suffering patients.

    Here is what Measure 74 does:

    • Allows qualified patients to safely obtain medical marijuana from regulated, nonprofit clinics, if their doctor recommends it.

    • Provides state regulation of the supply of medical marijuana, including background checks on employees, inspections, record-keeping, auditing, zoning, security requirements and quality control.

    • Generates between $3 million and $20 million per year from taxes and fees paid by participants in the system, according to official estimates.

    We need Measure 74 now to bring accountability and order to the system by which qualified patients obtain their medical marijuana. We must no longer force seriously ill patients to grow their own or buy it from the black-market.

    Measure 74 creates nonprofit clinics like pharmacies, with the rules and regulations needed to make this new system safe and secure. It introduces quality control standards and encourages new research to establish best practices.

    No General Fund revenue may be used for this program. Fees will pay the costs of this regulatory system. Any excess funds will go to other Oregon Health Authority services, including low-income patient assistance and other OHA programs that have faced budget cuts.

    MEASURE 74: A RESPONSIBLE NEW SYSTEM

    We Oregonians can be proud of our medical marijuana law. Now let’s work together to improve it and set an example for the nation. Let’s create a smart, regulated, accountable supply system that works for doctors, patients and law enforcement.

    Please vote YES on Measure 74.

    Richard Bayer, MD

    For more, see: www.YESfor74.com

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BETTY ROBERTS
    SUPPORTS MEASURE 74

    THIS PROPOSAL PROTECTS PATIENTS’ RIGHTS

    AND RESPECTS A PRIOR VOTER INITIATIVE

    As a former Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, I have always been dedicated to protecting the rights of Oregonians. I support Measure 74 in that spirit.

    Twelve years ago, Oregon voters created an important new right: patients with debilitating medical conditions are now permitted to use marijuana as a medicine upon their doctors’ recommendation. For many, the exercise of this right has meant relief from intractable pain and suffering.

    The law approved by voters has sensible requirements. Patients must provide documentation of their physician’s authorization to a state agency. They must carry state-issued credentials to demonstrate to law enforcement that they are in compliance. This system gives patients peace of mind, and simplifies the job of police who enforce anti-drug laws.

    There is a significant problem, however. To fully exercise this right, patients must obtain marijuana from sources that can be unreliable, or even illicit.

    A seriously ill patient must grow his or her own marijuana, find someone else who knows how or buy it from black-market sources.

    This situation makes it complicated for qualified patients to legally and safely access medical marijuana. The system now may even have the unintended consequence of enriching criminal elements. It is in voters’ hands to improve this system, and we should.

    RESPONSIBLE REGULATION ENHANCES
    OREGONIANS’ RIGHTS

    Measure 74 is designed to address problems with the current law and to help Oregonians fully exercise their rights.

    An accountable, regulated supply system for this medicine would be established by Measure 74. State agencies would control licensing and set regulations. Suppliers would be subject to background checks and inspections, and must pay fees and taxes to help operate the program. Nonprofit facilities would provide the drug to qualified patients.

    Protect your rights and those of your fellow Oregonians. Vote Yes on Measure 74.

    Betty Roberts, Retired Justice, Oregon Supreme Court

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    MEASURE 74: A PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE

    All over Oregon, there are patients who are thankful, like I am, for our state’s medical marijuana law.

    We support Measure 74 because it will improve our own quality of life. And because it will improve the lives of other qualified patients who are in the system now, or who may need this medicine in the future.

    SEVERE PAIN, SEARCHING FOR ALTERNATIVES

    After an industrial accident 33 years ago, I lost my left arm. I have had intractable pain ever since.

    Sometimes, the only thing worse than the pain was the medications. Narcotic pain relievers put me out of commission. I was often depressed, unable to be active.

    The pain got worse as I developed new problems with my right arm and hand. Overuse caused rotator cuff problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. I developed arthritis.

    Despite the pain, I was desperate to quit the drugs that were making it hard to live a real life. My doctor and I tried a range of non-narcotic drugs. Nothing really worked.

    BECOMING A LEGAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT

    In 2001, I qualified under Oregon’s law as a patient entitled to use medical marijuana. But that didn’t solve anything.

    There was nowhere to get medical marijuana. I was embarrassed to ask around or put anyone in harm’s way.

    I went 17 months without the medicine that I was legally entitled to use.

    Later, I found and tried medical marijuana. It killed the pain without dulling my senses or ruining my days. I began to grow plants with some success. Even now, though, supplies of this medicine are inconsistent.

    The system in Measure 74 would be a dramatic, possibly life-saving change for me and other patients. We could go to regulated clinics to get our medicine, knowing that the supply is produced with standards for consistent quality.

    Marijuana is medicine. Let’s treat it like one. Please vote YES on Measure 74.

    Alice Ivany

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE
    ANY OTHER MEDICINE

    MEASURE 74 HELPS QUALIFIED PATIENTS GET IT SAFELY

    As a retired pharmacist, I have dispensed powerful drugs to help patients. Under a doctor’s care, medicines are a vital tool for restoring and maintaining good health.

    Marijuana is medicine, too. Oregonians agreed overwhelmingly by legalizing the drug’s medical use in 1998.

    Sadly, patients still cannot get medical marijuana at pharmacies. Even those patients who qualify under Oregon’s medical marijuana law are given no safe or convenient method of obtaining it.

    Measure 74 fixes this problem. It creates regulated, nonprofit clinics where qualified patients can obtain medical marijuana. Patients must have their doctor’s recommendation and certification from the Oregon Department of Human Services to get medical marijuana. Those requirements keep the system tight.

    MEASURE 74 IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT FOR PATIENTS

    In pharmacies, we are accustomed to tight regulations. Drugs are carefully researched, quality is assured and dosages are controlled. Sales are restricted and record-keeping is rigorous.

    Measure 74’s requirements lead us in the same direction with medical marijuana.

    With suppliers regulated, we can begin to control strength, quality and dosage. Research may show that different varieties of marijuana, or different preparations, work better for certain medical conditions. Then we can label products properly and guide patients in the drug’s proper usage.

    CLINICS LIKE PHARMACIES ARE THE RIGHT APPROACH

    There is no question that marijuana is a medicine. It should be regulated like one. The clinics created by Measure 74 will operate like pharmacies, a big contrast to how patients must get medical marijuana today.

    Oregon is a leader in this area. With Measure 74, we can regulate medical marijuana and show how it can be done right. Please vote YES on Measure 74.

    Michael James Long, Pharm. D. (Retired)

    For more, see: www.YESfor74.com

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    NURSES SUPPORT MEASURE 74

    REGULATED, ACCOUNTABLE, SAFE ACCESS TO MEDICINE
    WILL HELP PATIENTS

    Oregonians took a big step to help patients by allowing the medical use of cannabis (marijuana) 12 years ago. Nurses supported it then.

    Since then, Oregon nurses have been caring for patients using this medicine in a variety of settings: acute care hospitals, nursing homes and patient homes.

    GETTING THIS MEDICINE NOW IS DIFFICULT

    It’s clear that medical cannabis works for many seriously ill patients, but getting it is a problem: they can’t get it from pharmacies. The supplies patients do find are inconsistent and unregulated. Many patients don’t know where to go.

    Measure 74 creates a regulated, accountable supply system for medical cannabis. Qualified patients could go to clinics like pharmacies to obtain their medicine. Measure 74 promises a safer, more reliable system.

    It’s better for patients. That’s why we support Measure 74.

    MEASURE 74 IMPROVES PATIENT CARE

    Under Measure 74, medical cannabis will be produced with quality control standards and dispensed by providers who are licensed, regulated and subject to regular inspections. Medical cannabis products can be labeled according to their strength and recommended uses.

    These are all major improvements, from the patient’s and nurse’s perspective.

    Measure 74 also generates more revenue than is needed for its regulatory system. Official estimates range from $3 million to $20 million per year, which will come from licensing and fees from program participants.

    Some of the extra revenues can also be used to help seriously ill patients by providing free or discounted medicine where the need is clearly demonstrated.

    Nurses believe that a decent society protects seriously ill and suffering people. Measure 74 will help Oregon do exactly that. It has earned our support, and we hope you, too, will vote YES on Measure 74.

    Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN

    Edward Glick, ADN, BS

    Ken Wolski, RN, MPA

    For more, see: www.YESfor74.com

    (This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, Oregonians for Responsible Regulation of Medical Marijuana.)


    Argument in Favor

    Marijuana is a safe effective medicine when used appropriately.

    The scientific evidence is extensive and irrefutable.
    Over 3200 different Oregon doctors have qualified patients.

    Qualified patients should be able to obtain it safely, conveniently and affordably.

    Current law keeps patients from being arrested but they must grow their own marijuana.

    Marijuana can be processed into many forms. It need not be smoked. Patients should be able to obtain the most advanced, quality controlled, dosage labeled formulations available.

    Patients should not be required to produce their own medicine but should be allowed to continue grow for themselves if they choose.

    Research should guide quality control standards and lead to more advanced products.

    Measure 74 creates a regulated and accountable medical marijuana system. Regulation includes:

    background checks
    licensing
    inspections
    record keeping
    civil fines and criminal penalties.

    This supply system will raise revenue for other Oregon Health Authority programs.

    VOTE YES

    (This information furnished by John Sajo.)


    Argument in Favor

    Support Safe Access to Medical Marijuana for Qualified Patients

    Marijuana is medicine. Oregon voters passed the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) in 1998. The program has grown as the medical value of marijuana has become better understood. Currently there are over 40,000 patients qualified by over 3200 different Oregon physicians. In June, the Oregon Pharmacy Board rescheduled marijuana to Schedule II, indicating its medical value. The Veterans Administration recently announced they won’t interfere with vets using medical marijuana.

    The OMMA has been successful in stopping patients from being arrested but did not create a supply system. Measure 74 does that. The current law exempts patients from arrest for growing six plants or designating someone to do it for them. This “grow-yourown” system works for some patients but is an impossible headache for many. Imagine that you were caring for a relative with cancer. Would you want to learn how to grow marijuana for them, or just be able to go buy it? The current law is causing problems for patients and police by not addressing the supply.

    Measure 74 creates a regulated supply system consisting of nonprofit dispensaries that would sell medical marijuana products to registered patients. Licensed producers would sell to dispensaries. Regulation will include background checks on employees, inspections, record keeping, auditing, zoning, and quality control.

    Measure 74 also gives the Oregon Health Authority the authority to conduct research into medical marijuana. OHA will do the research necessary to establish quality control and labeling standards. Patients will eventually be able to obtain medical marijuana in many forms that are safer than smoking where the medicine is labeled with the percentage of active ingredients. Several cannabinoids in addition to THC have been proven medically effective.

    This law is well written. It gives OHA the ability to fine tune this program to make sure it accomplishes its purpose: To provide a safe regulated supply of medical marijuana for qualified patients.

    Vote yes!

    (This information furnished by John Sajo.)


    Argument in Favor

    MEASURE 74 CREATES A BETTER SYSTEM
    FOR DOCTORS AND PATIENTS

    A REGULATED AND ACCOUNTABLE SUPPLY SYSTEM
    IMPROVES OUR EXISTING STATE LAW

    My name is Dr. Ronald Stallings. I am a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Oregon. In the course of my medical practice I have worked with patients who qualified for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

    I have found medical marijuana to be a safe, effective therapy when used appropriately. I support Measure 74 because it would improve the program we have now by creating a regulated, accountable supply system.

    Today, patients face great difficulty in obtaining medical marijuana. They must produce their own medicine, find a grower or purchase it from the black market. Measure 74 would change that by licensing and regulating producers and nonprofit dispensaries to provide marijuana to qualified patients.

    REGULATION MEANS MORE ADVANCED, SAFER MEDICINES

    One of my concerns now is that there is no standardized or dosage-labeled form of the medicine. Patients growing their own medical marijuana or acquiring it from the black market do not know the strength or exact makeup. Their medicine could be contaminated.

    By regulating the medical marijuana supply, Measure 74 will encourage quality control standards and specific labeling. We will see the development of more advanced, safer medicines. This will benefit doctors and their patients in devising an appropriate treatment plan using medical marijuana.

    Marijuana is medicine when used appropriately. Doctors qualifying patients for medical marijuana must follow the standards for practicing medicine just like they do when prescribing pharmaceutical treatments. I am a proponent of the scientific research and medical use of cannabis and other narcotics. I do not advocate recreational use of either. To this end I have written practice guidelines for Oregon medical marijuana clinics as well as emergency department policy governing narcotic use in Oregon and California.

    Please join me in supporting safe, convenient, regulated access to improved medical marijuana products. VOTE YES on Measure 74.

    (This information furnished by Ronald Stallings MD.)

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