In Oregon, 99% of medical marijuana applicants approved

January 6th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Business is now booming for Paul Stanford.

In Oregon, 99 percent of medical marijuana applicants get weed, and more applicants go through Stanford than anyone else.

At $160 per visit— less for low-income patients — the company grossed $4.2 million in 2009 and $4.9 million in 2010, he said.

Marijuana exists in an odd state of legal limbo in the state.

The law says patients can grow marijuana, or have it grown for them, but they can’t sell it.

Further, there are restrictions on height and maturation, two solid indicators of how much cannabis a plant will yield.

An example: One and one-half ounces of the strain White Widow in one user’s hands is a legally approved palliative; in another’s hands it’s a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

A foot-tall Strawberry Cough plant is a producer of medicine, a 13-inch plant is a felony.

Such is the nature of a law that is still evolving, with its detractors promoting bills for narrowing or eliminating it, and a subset of its proponents who are pushing for full legalization.

Of the state’s marijuana patients, more than 90 percent submit their condition as “severe pain” — an admittedly vague explanation that will almost certainly lead to a prescription for cannabis.

In Oregon, 99 percent of people who ask for marijuana, get it.

An Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman said most of those who are rejected failed because of errors in

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