Proposal to restrict Oregon medical marijuana use gets trashed in hearing

March 16th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »
Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:25 PM     Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:41 PM

Harry Esteve, The Oregonian


Harry Esteve, The Oregonian



medical marijuana.JPGOregon voters approved medical marijuana use in 1998. Now lawmakers are looking to restrict which patients can qualify.SALEM — Legislators got an earful Wednesday from medical marijuana advocates who condemned a proposal to greatly restrict who can legally use the drug to combat illnesses.

It’s the second time in recent weeks that the issue has come up, as some lawmakers have made it clear they think too many people are scamming the law that allows use of cannabis to treat some diseases and symptoms.

“I personally think the program is out of control,” said Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, sponsor of one of the bills targeting the growth of medical marijuana use. “I know people who just find it a legal way to smoke pot.”

Opponents called his proposal “heartless” and said it would subject cancer patients and other sick people who rely on marijuana to arrest and imprisonment.

To take away an effective medical treatment “is simply a cruel task, a cruel thing to do that will only harm someone battling cancer,” said Anthony Johnson, spokesman for a

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