MERCY - the Medical Cannabis Resource Center | a Salem-metro, Oregon-area based not-for-profit medical cannabis patient support group involved in informing, educating and activating folks here in the Pacific American northwest and beyond.
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Conditions, Symptoms; Information about Cannabis and ...
Sonny and Aisha Watkins are volunteer Activists and Patients. Helping to respond to emails and web posts, answering phones - educating others about the healing properties of the Cannabis plant, how to get authorized, where to find medicine now and how to grow - just to name a few issues. And they do so with folks throughout Oregon, across America and around the world, regardless of the physical and financial challenges they face. They support the Cannabis community daily! Now it is our turn to help them have a Merry Christmas!! For example - The Flight Lounge has adopted the Watkins family for the holiday. Feel free to stop by and share some Christmas Spirit. They are taking donations until December 20th. Also - visit their Amazon Wishlist for gift ideas. Learn more and Spread the Word >>
Action and Resources
the Flight Lounge | a boutique-style lounge catering to adults from all walks of life who appreciate relaxation and conversation in a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. Exclusive members only cannabis Lounge. Here you will find a safe place to consume Oregon's finest cannabis. * 5427 SE 72nd Ave, Portland OR USA 97206 * (503) 477-8893 * or visit the Flight Lounge online
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Parents-4-Pot is a dedicated voice for all families who support the end of hemp and cannabis prohibition. They strive to defeat the social stigma surrounding adults who use cannabis responsibly. They support a parent’s choice to use medical cannabis to treat their children's illnesses. Their work helps families with cannabis related issues through education, direct action and organizational support. Learn more >>
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Action Item: Disabled Navy Vietnam Veteran Demands Jury Trial in Arkansas Marijuana Constitutional Question Civil Court Case Robert Reed - a well known Disabled Veteran, "Cannabis Activist", and producer of Talk Cannabis and Politics in Arkansas - is acting as his own counsel in this matter, as he was unable after two years to find legal representation that he could afford. He has named his action the "Cannabis Court Challenge" with #ArCCC. >> Learn more >> about this Action
* (first) Saturday (in) May, this year is May 5th, 2018 * Marches for Global Cannabis Liberation * Also known as the Million Marijuana Marches, this Action is happening in Salem, Portland - Oregon and hundreds of cities around the World. Check your local listings. Salem plan: MERCY will assemble for this event, starting at 11am, at the far end of the mall across from the steps of the Capital Building, Salem, Oregon on first Saturday in May, annually and March/Rally at High Noon. Officially, the intersection of Summer and Center streets. At High Noon (sharp!) we March, click >> here << for map and more.
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Cannabis is Medicine and has been so since mans ancestors first discovered it.
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News and Information
As a result of Senate Bill 1057, changes are coming that affect OMMP medical growers (grow sites), processing sites and dispensaries. A letter was mailed on August 30, 2017 with specific steps that must be followed. Please make sure to return the form to OMMP by the due date. A response is required from grow sites, processing sites and dispensaries by December 1, 2017 in order to have your registration renewed in 2018.
What you need to know
* New plant limits, are in effect August 2, 2017, from the passing of HB 2198 during the 2017 legislative session.
* Two rule advisory committee meetings are planned in September to review changes enacted by SB 1057 and HB 2198.
* House Bill 2198, passed in the 2017 legislative session, dismantled the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana. This change is effective August 2, 2017.
* Patients can now apply or renew online >> Learn more >>
!> INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN > Marijuana Labeling, Concentration and Testing > Draft Temporary Rules >> To: Members of the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana and Interested Parties; From: Priscilla Lewis, Deputy Director Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division; RE: Notice of temporary rulemaking– HB 3400 rules “Marijuana Labeling, Concentration and Testing” | During the 2015 Oregon legislative session, House Bill 3400 was enacted and directs the Oregon Health Authority (Authority) to establish rules to: 1) set the minimum standards for the labeling of marijuana items that are sold to a consumer; 2) establish serving size and concentration of THC for marijuana items; and 3) establish standards for testing marijuana items. These rules apply to retail and medical marijuana items. >> Read more >>
!> Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program > Rules and Statutes > Administrative Rules >> DRAFT TEMPORARY RULES OAR 333-007 & 064, Marijuana Labeling, Concentration and Testing | These draft rules may change before becoming final, do not use these rules when making business decisions. Comments may be submitted through October 16, 2015. Please read the Memo to Interested Parties for important details. Also, TEMPORARY RULES OAR 333-008 > Medical Marijuana >> Read more >>
Getting with The Program ... The role of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Health Services is simply to administer the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act as approved by the voters of this State. The Department did not write the law and does not have any authority to change it or to disregard its provisions. The principal goal of the OMMP is to make the registration process work smoothly and efficiently for qualified patients.
Contacting ... The OHD/OMMP: Oregon (Dept. of Human Resources) Health Division (DHS) / Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) - which is located at 800 NE Oregon Street, #21, Portland, OR 97232-2162 - can be reached by e-mail-ing from their WEBSITE: here, by Phone: 971-673-1234, by Fax: 971-673-1278, by Mail: DHS/OMMP * PO Box 14450 * Portland, OR 97293-0450 or by visiting their office. Their Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
How To - a Guideline for Completing the Application for Registration.
> Step (1) Get Forms from the OMMP (among other sources) and begin the process of Applying. Call, fax - or - write to the OMMP for an Application Packet. Or visit. The OMMP sometimes has packets at the front desk and there are numerous organizations that also provide copies of the forms in print as well as thru their websites. Get and fill out the Application for Registration in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act Program. Learn More ...
Form Instruction NOTES: (a) Please complete Part A of the Application Form. Please provide a copy of a photo identification card as requested. If information on the front of the card is not current (for example, if your address has changed) please also photocopy the back of the id. (b) If a person over the age of 18 provides assistance to you, and you would like for that person to also receive a registration card, please complete Part B of the form, and provide a copy of photo I.D. of the primary caregiver. [Note: there is no additional fee for a primary caregiver registration card.] (c) Completion of Part C is optional. Please be sure to sign your name in Part D. (d) If you are a minor (under the age of 18), your parent or guardian must complete the Declaration of Person with Primary Custody of a Minor form. The form must also be notarized.
> Step (2) Set an appointment & have your doctor sign the Oregon Health Dept. form - or - get a copy of your chart notations showing medical marijuana "may help alleviate symptoms". Your physician must be an MD or a DO licensed to practice in Oregon under ORS 677. He or she must provide signed, valid, written documentation stating that you are his/her patient, that you have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition covered by the Act, and that the medical use of marijuana may mitigate the symptoms or effects of your condition. This documentation may be in the form of a copy of your chart notes, a letter, or the attached Attending Physician's Statement form. [Note: chart notes or a letter must include all elements of the Attending Physician's Statement form.]
> Step (3) Send in your application with registration fee. In order for your application to be complete, a fee of must be paid by check or money order. As of Oct. 1st, 2013, the fee is determined by the following:
* Cardholder application and annual renewal fees are $200, * A reduced application and annual renewal fee of $60 for persons receiving SNAP (food stamp), * A reduced application and annual renewal fee of $50 if Oregon Health Plan (OHP) cardholder, * A reduced application and annual renewal fee of $20 for persons receiving Social Security Income (SSI) benefits, * A $100 fee for replacement registry cards; and * A $50 fee to be charged for grow sites.
To qualify for the reduced fees, applicants must submit documentation that verifies their participation; Learn More ... Please make payable to: OMMP and send full payment with your application forms and/or other materials to aforementioned address.
> Step (4) Wait. All information will be verified. Upon receipt of a complete application, you will be issued a medical marijuana registration card by the Oregon Health Division. Learn More ...
Qualifying Conditions ... Debilitating Medical Condition: your physician Checks the appropriate boxes on the ATTENDING PHYSICIAN’S STATEMENT (see form ) 1. Malignant neoplasm (Cancer); 2. Glaucoma; 3. Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); 4. Agitation due to Alzheimer’s Disease; 5. A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces for a specific patient one or more of the following: (check all that apply); a. Cachexia; b. Severe pain; c. Severe nausea; d. Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy; e. Persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. Learn More ...
Doctors ... What are the requirements? Finding a physician thats right for you. Educating health care professionals and supporting doctors (as well as yours!) rights and responsibilites in the realtionship. (legal) Analysis and documentation of the proper (BME) procedures and communication of the same. (Medical) Information to educate your physician about cannabis as medicine. NOTE: Your physician must be a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed to practice medicine in Oregon. You must have an established patient/physician relationship with your "attending physician." Naturopaths, chiropractors, and nurse practitioners cannot sign the documentation. The OMMP cannot refer you to a physician. The OMMP does not have a physician referral list.
> Application ... How to best use (apply) it? Learn More ...
Medical Cannabis news
> 10 Essential Technologies for Cannabis Dispensary Owners | While recreational cannabis for adults is legal in a couple of states, medical dispensaries still dominate the industry landscape nationally; and, the ancillary services companies that do business with them are some of the biggest upcoming brands to watch in the industry. >> Read more >>
Medical for all Adults; Cannabis Becomes Legal in Oregon
| Adults 21 and older can now legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana in their home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside their home.
Adults may also grow up to four plants as long as they are out of public view. Learn more >>
10.6.15 Draft OLCC Rules Draft Only – Do not use for business decisions,
OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION,
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL MARIJUANA LICENSEES
(1) A person may not produce, process, transport, sell, test, or deliver marijuana for recreational use without a license from the Commission or as otherwise authorized under these rules.
(2) Nothing in these rules exempts a licensee or licensee representative from complying with any other applicable state or local laws.
(3) Licensure under these rules does not protect a person from possible criminal prosecution under federal law. More ...
>> Read more >>
> 10.6.15 Draft OLCC Rules Draft Only – Do not use for business decisions, Pages: 70 ... OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION, DIVISION 25, RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL MARIJUANA LICENSEES ... 845-025-XXXX > Applicability | (1) A person may not produce, process, transport, sell, test, or deliver marijuana for recreational use without a license from the Commission or as otherwise authorized under these rules. (2) Nothing in these rules exempts a licensee or licensee representative from complying with any other applicable state or local laws. (3) Licensure under these rules does not protect a person from possible criminal prosecution under federal law. More ... >> Read more >>
ISSUE#1: Getting a Card, first
- the ADMIN (OMMP) related issues, like -
> Issue (1-1) Qualifying Conditions
> Issue (1-2) Fees
> Issue (1-3) Forms and Instructions
Forms and Instructions
- and PATIENT issues ...
> Issue (1-4) Educating your Doctor
Educating your Doctor
> Issue (1-5) Finding a Doctor -or- Clinic
Finding a Doctor, Clinics List
> ISSUE#2: Got Card, Now What? - for PATIENT issues, like ...
> Issue (2-3) Getting Meds; Finding Medicine
Getting Meds now; Finding Medicine in short term, while long term Grow situation develops;
> Issue (2-2-1) Finding Grower
Finding Grower and/or
>> Issue (2-2-2) Growing
Growing; and related issues like ...
>> Issue (2-2-2-1) Finding Grow Resources
Finding Grow Resources, and
>> Issue (2-2-2-2) Finding Seeds and Starter plants
> Issue (2-4) best methods for Medicating
Medicating; Best Methods, How To, Where to Find Resources ...
... you can visit MERCYs - Oregon Resources List. - and more, like ADMIN issues, such as ...
> Issue (3-1) Keeping Your Card
Keeping Your Card, as it re-news yearly, and
> Issue (3-2) Changes
Changes; both Card-Holder changes like address as well as changes to the Program, like Fee Hikes (yikes!), and more.
More About OMMA
Basic Information ... The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), a ballot initiative approved by voters in 1998, allows patients to possess and grow small amounts of medical marijuana. The law required DHS to create a registry system for persons authorized to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Applicants must provide a statement from their physician that they have a qualifying medical condition and that medical marijuana might alleviate their symptoms or disease. Once their application is approved they are issued a registration card that is renewable annually. For those who understand the utilization of cannabis as medicine, this is an invaluable option in therapy. >> Learn More >>
> Right for You? ... Conditions and symptoms where others have experienced relief through the application of cannabis. List ailments involved and medications used along with the theraputic benefits and recommended titration (dosage) levels. Risk/s assessment - Addiction, Over-dosage and Reference for healing properties for Cost / Benefit Analysis. List Pros & Cons. What is your condition? Your current medication? Learn More ...
Cannabis is Medicine ... and has been so since mans ancestors first encountered it. Archeology tells us more about the history of this fascinating and versatile plant every day. Educate yourself and others on the issues surrounding it and its utilization. Learn More ... Plus, a medical cannabis bibliography - www.omma1998.org and - More Links ...
> Policy ... You do not have to be an Oregon resident to be a registered patient in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). Your physician must be a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed to practice medicine in Oregon. You must have an established patient/physician relationship with your "attending physician." Naturopaths, chiropractors, and nurse practitioners cannot sign the documentation. The OMMP cannot refer you to a physician. The OMMP does not have a physician referral list. You must list a grow site address on your application. You, or your designated primary caregiver, may grow your own medication. There is no place in the State of Oregon to legally purchase medical marijuana. The OMMP cannot find a designated primary caregiver for you. The OMMP does not keep a referral list of persons who want to be caregivers for patients. (You are not required to list a caregiver, unless you are less than 18 years old.) Your caregiver cannot be your physician. The OMMP cannot supply you with cannabis seeds or starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marijuana. The application fee cannot be waived. Partial payments cannot be accepted. Learn More ...
> Procedures ... Policy, laws, etc. Legal references; For legal info - State laws, rules, statues, legal decisions, etc. - click >> here. Patient rights! Ie- NO Reciprocity - you are only legal in Oregon. NOTE: You have a medical necessity defense even if you don't have your card yet. * FAQS - Frequently Asked QuestionS * The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) receives many questions that are not answered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA, 1998), Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), or the application. The information provided here, initially from the OMMP website, is an effort to help you understand the role of the OMMP, its benefits and limitations. See OMMPs FAQs Page >> here * Learn More ...
> the Medicine ... There is no place in the State of Oregon to legally purchase medical marijuana. You must be given it by another CardHolder without consideration - that is not exchanged for something of value. You, or your designated primary caregiver, may grow your own medication. You must list a grow site address on your application, must be an Oregon residence. The OMMP cannot supply you with seeds or starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marijuana. Learn More ...
> Networking ... Where to get it now? How to find a long-term source? The OMMP cannot find a designated primary caregiver for you. The OMMP does not keep a referral list of persons who want to be caregivers for patients. (You are not required to list a caregiver, unless you are less than 18 years old.) Your caregiver cannot be your physician. The OMMP cannot supply you with seeds or starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marijuana. Learn More ...
> Growing ... You must list a grow site address on your application; you may grow -or- have someone grow for you. You, or your designated primary caregiver, may grow your own medication. There is no place in the State of Oregon to legally purchase medical marijuana. The OMMP cannot find a designated primary caregiver for you. The OMMP does not keep a referral list of persons who want to be caregivers for patients. (You are not required to list a caregiver, unless you are less than 18 years old.) Your caregiver cannot be your physician. The OMMP cannot supply you with seeds or starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marijuana. Learn More ...
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