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Measure 33 Bad for Black Market, Good for State's Economy


Response to "BROOKINGS-HARBOR CITIZENS DISCUSS BALLOT MEASURES"; Published: October 23, 2004, By BRIAN BULLOCK Pilot Staff Writer. Visit: www.currypilot.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=9267

To the editor;

I would like to answer Judy Kaplin's questions.  This measure is a needed improvement to the already successful Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.  The reason it is needed is because now many patients, who rely on medical marijuana for the relief of their symptoms of dibilitating conditions, cannot get it any other way than going to the black market.  A regulated dispensary program is definately preferable to the continuing reliance on the black market, where the profits are not taxed.  The dispensaries, which will be established by non-profit organizations, will not only be regulated as to how much patients can have, but will pay taxes on their income from the sale of medical marijuana.  The taxes and fees coming from this program should pay all the costs of running the program as well as make more money available for other state programs.

Since the OMMP was established, it has saved the state a lot of money by allowing OHP recipients to use medical marijuana instead of the costly prescriptions used for the control of their pain and sufferring and has garnered a surplus of nearly one million dollars for the program (some of which has already gone to the general fund).

So a yes vote for Measure 33 will not only eliminate the black market but will also provide for the state's economic recovery.   Vote yes on M33!

See www.vote33.org or www.yeson33.org for more information.


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