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March 24, 2014
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Letter: Roseburg City Council moratorium questioned

State tests to assure quality

Many Roseburg medical marijuana patients feel that before city council votes to allow a one-year moratorium against dispensaries, it should study the 28 pages of rules and regulations for these facilities. The answers to many questions asked by the council last Thursday are in this document.

Mayor Larry Rich stated that “... having a year to set up regulations is what the city needs.” Governor Kitzhaber signed this bill August of last year so the council has had more than enough time to figure out the zoning and hours of operation for these facilities.

The Oregon Medical Marijuana program was adopted in 1998 and after more than 15 years has finally set up a system to provide safe access by allowing dispensaries to operate. The state requires that all medication be sent to a testing facility to ensure it’s safe for use before being dispensed.

Roseburg is not required to adopt the moratorium; doing this only promotes illegal transfers of untested medication, which is extremely dangerous for the patients’ health and wellbeing. This is nothing more than a display of anti-public safety.

Mike Andersch


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