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Letter to the Editor: No dispensary ban

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To the editor:

In 1998, Oregon voters approved the use of medical marijuana for certain health conditions. Today, 15 years later, there are nearly 60,000 patients registered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).

Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA,) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 to help people make better choices about drug use.

In January 2005, we opened a medical marijuana clinic in Portland to help people understand the many aspects of medical marijuana and register for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).

We opened a clinic in The Dalles in November of 2008 to better serve those in Eastern Oregon and to house our administrative office. Our small business employs five, who work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients travel from as far away as Ontario and Nyssa for our services.

Our objective is to help patients register for the OMMP and to understand the rules that direct it. MAMA teaches patients about the various forms of cannabis medicine and how to find information regarding the interaction of cannabis with other medicines. The program is complex and patients appreciate the understanding we give them.

The average age of our patients is 58. Since the Program has existed, we have seen patients struggle to grow their own medicine. It has been heart-warming to see the compassionate sharing among patients, but it has still been difficult for many to have access to this medicine that improves and/or extends their lives.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries will allow patients to purchase their medicine. This will not only make it easier for patients to get their medicine of choice, but will also discourage the black market.

This new law comes with pages of regulations about security, location and business practices. It will create clean, environmentally friendly jobs. Those who come to a dispensary will more than likely also spend money on food, gas and other shopping. Isn’t this the type of business we need in The Dalles?

There is a hearing to discuss banning dispensaries in The Dalles for up to a year set for Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Does a ban on dispensaries have more to do with bigotry than anything else? Please let the City Council know how you feel about this issue by attending the meeting or by sending written testimony.

Sandee Burbank

Mosier

Comments

DanielTheStoryteller 6 months, 1 week ago

What bothers me most is that they are saying the State Legislature cannot pre-empt City, but Federal can. If that is the case, then why do we even have a State Legislature?

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