The authority in charge of overseeing cannabis in Oregon (the Oregon Liquor Control Commission) has released new rules that will make it easier for patients to access medical marijuana.
The new rules that are set to take effect tomorrow (December 28) will allow marijuana to be delivered to those areas where the local authorities have passed ordinances banning any marijuana-related business activity within their jurisdictions.
The new provision of the rules is welcome news to patients and caregivers because they will no longer have to travel long distances in order to replenish their medical cannabis supplies.
Additionally, the new rules have also increased the limit on how much cannabis one can buy at a go. Previously, a patient holding a medical cannabis card was only allowed to buy an ounce (28.3 grams) of cannabis.
This limitation was particularly hard on patients or caregivers from the areas where medical cannabis was prohibited. This is because such people would be compelled to make frequent trips to distant medical cannabis dispensaries.
The new rules now allow a patient or caregiver carrying a valid medical cannabis card to purchase up to 8 ounces (226.4 grams) of cannabis. This higher cap means that patients will now reduce how frequently they go to purchase replenishments.
Why the change of heart on the quantities?
It was previously feared that allowing medical cannabis cardholders to buy larger amounts of cannabis would create opportunities for the medical cannabis program to be used as a supply source for the recreational use of marijuana. However, this may have proved to be an unfounded fear.
Secondly, the inconvenience of having to go to a dispensary so frequently was burdensome to many patients and caregivers, so a concession on how much could be purchased was an inevitable compassionate step to take.
It is estimated that Oregon has approximately 50,000 people registered to access medical marijuana. The state legalized medical marijuana in 1998, and it has been updating its regulatory framework periodically, based on the changing realities within the state, and borrowing from the experiences of other states where medical marijuana has since been legalized. It is in this same spirit that plans are underway to pass permanent rules regulating CBD products and hemp in the wake of the passing of the Farm Bill 2018.
SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and other industry participants like Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: 03X4) welcome the changes Oregon has made in response to the persistent problems that patients and their caregivers were experiencing.
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