Bill would tighten access to medical marijuana

Bill would tighten access to medical marijuana
In this photo taken May 5, 2011, an unidentified man smokes medical marijuana during karaoke night at the Cannabis Café, in Portland, Ore.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Former state troopers in the Legislature have revived a bill that would make it harder for people to qualify for a medical marijuana card, and tighten controls on the people growing it.

House Bill 3664 gets a hearing Thursday afternoon in Salem in the Joint Rules Committee.

Advocates for medical marijuana say they don't like it and will try to stop it.

The bill sets a higher standard for doctors authorizing medical marijuana cards for patients and would open the entire registry of medical marijuana growers to police, whether they are investigating a crime or not.

Voters in 1998 made Oregon one of the first states in the nation to allow people to use marijuana to treat medical conditions. The Legislature revised the law in 2005.


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