Pot center technically outside federal law

May 31st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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ASHLAND — More than 150 medical marijuana cardholders are now getting their pot at a resource center that opened last month in town.

The Greenery, 1746 Ashland St., offers several types of marijuana to cardholders on a donation basis. While many people give nothing or $1, others have given up to $200 to the nonprofit, allowing it to stay in the black so far, said co-founder Andrea Adams.

“Our job is to help people connect with medicine,” she said. “Before this, if you couldn’t grow your own, you had to try to do exchanges using the Internet and you didn’t always know if it was safe or legal.”

The nonprofit has consulted with lawyers and believes it is operating legally under Oregon’s 1998 Medical Marijuana Act, Adams said. Similar centers operate in Portland and elsewhere in the state, she said.

However, the nonprofit and medical marijuana centers in every state are technically in violation of federal law, which views marijuana as an illegal drug, not a medicine.

“Within the state Medical Marijuana Act, we are legal, but federally it is illegal,” Adams said.

Ashland police have met with The Greenery founders and don’t believe the nonprofit has violated any state laws at this time, said Deputy Chief Corey Falls.

“Based on our conversation, it sounded like there weren’t any laws that I could see that they were going to violate,” he said Friday.

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