OREGON: A committee that makes recommendations to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program has suggested adding two prosecutors and an Oregon State Police official to the committee that will draft rules for the new registry for medical marijuana retailers.
The Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana has submitted more than a dozen names of potential candidates for the rules committee. Todd Dalotto, chair of the advisory committee, said group supports adding Rob Bovett, the Lincoln County district attorney with expertise in drug policy, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis and state police Capt. Mike Dingeman to the rules committee. Dingeman formerly oversaw the state police drug enforcement section. He now oversees the forensic services division, which includes the state crime lab.
Dalotto said the committee also recommended that Pat Marshall, who owns Sunrise Analytical, a Wilsonville company that offers testing services for medical marijuana, as well as lawyers, operators of existing medical marijuana retail facilities, patients and an Ashland doctor who’s made referrals to the program. Sarah Bennett, who operated the Human Collective, a Washington County dispensary that was raided last year by local police, is among the names submitted to the state for consideration. The collective served as a model for the new law.
The advisory committee on medical marijuana’s recommendations are non-binding. The committee is made up of advocates and patients.
The Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the medical marijuana program, is charged with drafting rules for the new registry. State officials said the agency is still working out how the process will proceed.
Gov. John Kitzhaber, in his signing letter, urged Bruce Goldberg, the Oregon Health Authority director, to include law enforcement officials on the rules committee.
Tom Burns, who oversees the state’s pharmaceutical drug programs, is working on the committee’s makeup, said Karynn Fish, an Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman. The job of shaping the committee membership fell to Burns due to his experience with patient safety, security, licensing and inventory control, Fish said. She said Burns will take the advisory committee’s recommendations into consideration as he makes selections. The committee’s membership is expected to be finalized sometime next month.
The Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana also announced last week it has invited Amanda Reiman, a California policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance, to speak at its Sept. 9 meeting. The Drug Policy Alliance is a nationwide organization that advocates for marijuana legalization and fundamental changes in the way the country deals with drug crimes.