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Reservations about BM 33 Unfounded


Here is my 250 word to Albany. I copied and pasted it into the website and hope they get it. I tried to specificially deal with the editors concerns.

To the editor;

In reply to “Reservations about BM 33” (10/20/04), the editor gets many facts correct about Measure 33 correct but derives the wrong conclusion.

I was a chief petitioner for the medical marijuana act passed in 1998, and although successful, it did not create a reliable supply of medicine for all patients.  Some need medicine immediately or are too sick to grow a garden.   Measure 33 amends the original act to improve safe access to medicine by creating state-regulated dispensaries that act like pharmacies so that no patient is forced to deal with the black market.

In response to where the dispensaries would get their supplies the answer is from the current legal medical marijuana market.  M33 as an amendment to the current act uses the same caregiver model but would now allow sales ­ just like a regular pharmacy.  The dispensaries should have to comply with state regulations like other businesses because patients need safe access to safe medicine.  M33 would be a tremendous help to patients compared to what we have now.

M33 is not legalization, which should also alleviate the editor’s concerns.   Just like current law, only patients who are qualified by licensed health care providers can register.  After M33, sales to persons not registered remain a felony.

People who supported the original act should love M33, which is truly a patient bill of rights to improve access to medicine and medical care.   Oregonians who support improved access to medicine should vote Yes on 33.

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

Rick Bayer, MD
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
Portland, OR


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