Medical cannabis cardholders, growers dropping off in Oregon

Medical marijuana patients and growers across Oregon are abandoning the state’s MMJ program, according to reports.

Licensed medical marijuana companies are increasingly up against a combination of legislative red tape and a different kind of market force: the convenience of recreational retail sales.

The number of patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is reportedly half of what it was a year ago. Statewide, registered patients dropped 41%, from 59,137 to 34,892.

The number of registered growers also dropped precipitously. Statewide, the total went from 23,175 to 13,959, a 40% decline.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Industry watchers expect the numbers to continue to decline.
  • Medical marijuana patients who buy at retail dispensaries are able to avoid sales taxes that can reach 20%, although they must pay an annual $200 application fee to be an OMMP-registered patient.
  • The hassle of paying $200 for the annual application fee and the proliferation of dispensaries selling recreational marijuana appear to be factors in the decline.
  • As of this year, MMJ growers that are supplying patients with marijuana must use an online state reporting system that tracks movement of product. Some say the tracking system – Metrc – is difficult to learn and use. The state provides training, but some growers report they don’t like the system and indicate they might drop out because of it.
  • In August, the state slashed daily purchase limits for medical marijuana patients to 1 ounce of cannabis per day, down from the previous limit of 24 ounces per day, in an effort to combat diversion.

– Associated Press

One comment on “Medical cannabis cardholders, growers dropping off in Oregon
  1. mike on

    dont any of these govs realize that they are killing their tax cash cow with all the regs. with the last article saying that the narcs found and destroyed 400k illegal plants that sumtin is going on and the public is reacting to the confusion and lack of legal shops to just return to the old days. gov should be making it ez to be legal for both seller and buyer, not hard enough to drive both sides to the dark side.

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