Oregon’s Growing Pains

There is a great article in the UK’s Guardian today about Oregon’s growing pains.  This should be a wake-up call for all states who are writing, tweaking or planning legislation on marijuana legalization, both medical and recreational.  It outlines a dramatic decrease in medical marijuana dispensaries after recreational marijuana was legalized – from 420 to 8! Patients are either buying illegal marijuana on the black market or are suffering without. Additionally there is a report by the Oregon Health Authority which outlines Oregon’s growing pains in detail and which I will summarize for you in a future blog. Karla Kay, the COO of Pharmex summed it up this way “All the people that we made these laws for – the ones who are desperately ill – are being screwed right now and are directed to the black market”.   Oregon keeps tweaking the laws and the regulators can’t keep up.  There is an over-production of marijuana that is likely headed for the black market and Oregonians worry that this could prompt a federal crackdown. Oregon’s weed has turned up in arrests in over 30 states. There is no good reason why the states can’t properly regulate the industry without…