Restructuring medical cannabis
The Oregon Cannabis Commission is looking at ways to restructure the medical marijuana market.
They plan to maintain the medical market available for consumers after noticing a steadily decreasing number of registered medical marijuana patients. Cannabis industry members note high fees and added on restrictions for the decline of the medical market. While the decline of the market has many variables, there is some validity to their reasoning.
Alternative medicine doctors in Southern Oregon price range at $170 for an appointment, and an added couple of hundred dollars to apply for a medical marijuana card.
Within the past 12 months the Oregon Liquor Control Commission restricted the sale of medical marijuana from 24 ounces to one ounce, per day. Then restricted the amount again to just eight ounces.
"A lot of medical patients, it cost so money to get their card, when they could just walk in to the store and get it but a lot of patients can’t leave their home either," Pharm to Table dispensary manager, Cassie Waterman said. "So having a grower that can bring it to them, or having a grower that can actually get it delivered to them is a lot easier that just going in to a dispensary where they might not be able to afford it."
All of this comes added on with the recent changes in testing for medical marijuana in Oregon, which took effect on January 1, 2019. The recent changes are intended to clarify testing requirements and make them equal across the board.
But the OLCC maintains a common goal in mind: to keep as much legally grown marijuana in Oregon, and out of the black market in the rest of the United States.