Cartels, illegal growers exploit medical marijuana program!!

Oregonians legalized medical marijuana in 1998. The program was sold to voters as a modest one with plans to add about 500 patients per year. But today’s Oregon Medical Marijuana Program has more than 60,000 patients who carry permission to own double the number of plants and more than five times the amount of smokeable product than was originally envisioned. Loopholes in Oregon’s medical marijuana program coupled with Mexican drug cartels continue to make black market cannabis a lucrative and pervasive business in Oregon, according to a new report from the Department of Justice. Oregon ranked fourth in the nation for indoor seizures in 2012. In Marion County, officials have seized 951 indoor marijuana plants since 2008. A major loophole cited by the report centered around caregivers, who are allowed to grow and carry medical cannabis for an unlimited number of patients.…43165


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