To the editor,
Rick E. Eiesland, Wasco County Sheriff and Eric J. Nisley, District Attorney for Wasco County should first read the measure before they criticize it. First patients are only allowed possesion of 6 pounds immediately after the harvest of a single crop per year. After the harves there will not be 10 plants because they will have been harvested. Secondly their math is more than a little skewed. The US government gives their medical marijuna patients (under the Investigational New Medicines Program established in the 70s) 6 pounds a year in the form of marijuana cigarettes, that comes to 3,200 cigarettes a year. These opponents' statement of a joint an hour each hour of every day would put the figure at nearly three times that amount.
Patients receiving the dangerous drugs, cited by the letter writers, do not need to "qualify" in the way medical marijuana patients need to qualify; they just need to have their doctor write a perscription. Medical marijuana patients not only need their doctor's approval but also have to convince the Oregon Health Division they have a qualifying condition and pay a fee.
And last, but not least, the burden of providing medical marijuana for patients will be covered by program fees and not citizen's taxes. When medical marijuana was last on the Oregon ballot, people like Eiesland and Nisley were also crying that the sky would fall. The horrible predictions they made then never came to pass. The sky did not fall and Measure 33 will not cause the sky to fall either. Please VOTE YES ON MEASURE 33!