OREGON: Defiant medical marijuana supporters urged lawmakers Monday not to set new limits on their growing operations when the recreational pot market opens this summer.
Patients and growers flocked to the Capitol for a meeting of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91, arguing that proposed restrictions would do little to stem the flow of pot to the black market, as lawmakers contend.
Instead, they said, the limits would create statewide shortages and make it more difficult for legitimate patients to get their medicine.
“It will fall on the most vulnerable patients who are battling poverty, who will lose their grower,” said Anthony Johnson, chief sponsor of the Measure 91 campaign. “I encourage oversight in growing but not to restrict patients’ access.”