To the editor:
I write regarding the lies, misrepresentations, and feeble scare tactics deployed by the Oregon Partnership against Measure 33.
Measure 33 is not 'another' medical marijuana law; it fixes the problems patients have with accessing the protections of the current law.
Zoning laws will most definately apply to dispensaries, and fears of 'pot markets' just anywhere is ridiculous.
Adding naturapathic physicians and nurse practicioners to the list of physicians who can help patients be protected from arrest for their medicinal use reflects the fact that these health care professionals already can prescribe schedule 2 and 3 drugs and are, for many people, the primary care physician.
6 pounds of marijuana is the LEAST amount the federal government gives patients. These are delivered in monthly tins of 300 cigarettes each, yielding an annual supply of 3,600 medicinal marijuana cigarettes and not the 16,000 the Oregon Partnership claims.
Increasing the limits to amounts patients need won't increase criminal activity - it will decrease it, just like the experience with the existing version of the medical marijuana law.
No taxpayer expense is involved in requiring dispensaries to dispense a portion to poor people for free, All costs are borne by the dispensaries, even in the unlikely event that a county health officer becomes the dispensary for a county.
The bottom line is that marijuana is safe medicine and patients need safe access. Please vote 'Yes' on Ballot Measure 33.