To Whom It May Concern,
According to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) all of the people enrolled in Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) are assured that they are protected from raids by law enforcement because officers can check the validity of a garden before visiting a registered grow site.
Last week a very low flying helicopter circled my property, then four Polk County Sheriff's Officers in trucks arrived at my home. I grow medicine for patients registered with the State's medical marijuana program. Confident that I am current in my legal status as both patient and grower I asked the officers if they had contacted the OMMP office before they arrived? Their response was "Who? The what?" I explained that OMMP is part of the Department of Human Services.
I showed them the documentation for the plants; additionally they wanted my patient's documentation too. It's a violation of confidentiality for me to give out that information. They can get that any workday from OMMP.
What might have occurred had I not been home? Would the officers have checked with DHS or would they have taken the garden and all of the medicine? While I am complying with the law, our Law Enforcement officers are not properly educated about the law they are charged to enforce.
What is the cost of a local phone call on a weekday versus the cost of a helicopter, officers and equipment? Is that the way you want your hard earned tax dollars spent? Support Measure 33.