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Changes On Tap For Oregon Medical Marijuana Law September 29, 2005 - klewtv.com
OREGON CITY, OR (AP) - Oregon is on the verge of having its medical marijuana law revised to make it easier for police to interpret -- and harder for criminals to exploit.
To date, more than 11,000 Oregonians have medical marijuana cards issued by their doctors. The card allows them to grow the marijuana themselves, or else designate a caregiver to grow it for them.
But the law as written is full of ambiguities.
And a bill passed by the 2005 Legislature attempts to make it easier for police, growers and patients to know what's legal.
The new law -- which takes effect in January -- specifies limits on how many plants a patient can own and stricter requirements for registering a grow site.
Lawmakers also approved a hefty increase in the amount of marijuana a registered patient or caregiver can possess.
Several revisions to Oregon's medical marijuana law will take effect in January: Plants: Cardholders or those designated to grow marijuana for them will be allowed 18 seedlings and six mature plants. Current limits are for three mature plants and four immature plants. Possession limits: Registered cardholders will be allowed 24 ounces of marijuana, up from one ounce away from the grow site. Grow sites: A single site will be allowed to supply as many as four registered cardholders. The current law has no limit.