APNewsMaker: US Attorney says Ore. medical marijuana program has produced ‘a …

April 20th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Attorney for Oregon on Tuesday called the administration of the state’s medical marijuana program a “train wreck,” and expressed skepticism that the majority of those who obtain the drug actually need it.

U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said people who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses or receiving end-of-life care should have access to the drug, but that the number of registered medical marijuana patients in Oregon is alarming.

California, a state that doesn’t require registration, has 46,000 medical marijuana patients to Oregon’s 39,000, he said. That either means Oregon is a “much sicker state” or that prescriptions are being doled out at a faster rate, Holton said.

“If you could target medical marijuana to sick people, or old stoners, I don’t care,” Holton told The Associated Press. “If you want to treat it like a medicine, treat it like a medicine.”

Registration for a medical marijuana card isn’t necessary to get the pot in California — a doctor’s note will suffice at one of the state’s dispensaries. In Oregon, a card and registration with the state is necessary.

Holton declined to say which specific steps he would employ to monitor marijuana more closely, saying the issue is a matter of state law. But he pointed to the Federal Drug Administration’s regulation of pharmaceuticals as an example of effective regulation.

“The FDA has people in every plant, and they’re looking at everything that goes through,” Holton said. “We don’t know what’s going into (medical marijuana plants). We don’t know what pesticides are being

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