A.G. Decision Delayed re Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
Media Banned from Meeting
Monday, June 13, 2005
High Noon at OMMP Office in Portland
Kevin Neely of the Attorney General's office stated today (6/8/05) that Attorney General Hardy Myers, Rhea Kessler, and others from the AG's office have not reached a decision regarding Gonzales vs. Raich and how it impacts thousands of sick and dying Oregonians who are registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
Portland attorney, Leland R. Berger, expressed his extreme disappointment with the lengthy delay, while Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML stated, 'DHS and the AG need to immediately reassure more than 10,000 Oregon patients that they are protected under Oregon law. Patients are stressed and frightened by the lack of information from Department of Human Services and the AG's office, while hospice health workers and caregivers are left wondering as to their legal status '.
Sandee Burbank, speaking for Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA), said today, 'It's my belief that the AG should refer to the statement of Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the 6-3 decision, where he said that Congress could change the law to allow medical use of marijuana. Now WE need to say they should change the laws, starting with Hinchey/Rohrbacher'.
Oregon NORML, in coordination with Americans for Safe Access, Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse, Voter Power, the Mercy Center, EMPOWER, THC Foundation, and Oregon Green Free, will conduct a meeting on Monday, June 13, 2005 at noon at the Department of Human Services 800 NE Oregon Street in Portland in Room 120. More than 200 patients and concerned citizins are expected to attend.
The DHS Building Manager informed Oregon NORML today (6/8/05) that absolutely no media representatives covering this story will be allowed on the premises or on the sidewalk in front of the DHS building.
Please contact Oregon NORML for further information
While we wait for our Attorney General, Hardy Meyers, to issue a statement about Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program, we must make ourselves heard.
The Program continues to accept applications and issue protection letters, but are not issuing actual cards until they hear from the Oregon Attorney General.
We need to tell our state officials to stand behind this successful program, while at the same time urging Congress to act to protect us further.
The Hinchey/Rohrabacher Amendment would hold the Feds at bay until cannabis can be properly rescheduled. I would not call for Schedule II, but think it should be scheduled as III, IV or V.
PLEASE JOIN US
Sure hope to see you there,
With the Hinchey/Rohrabacher vote possible on Tuesday afternoon, this rallyis a wonderful opportunity to educate about this amendment and get folks tocontact their federal legislators to express their feelings. At least it isa step in the right direction.
Since we have the media's attention I believe we should refer to thestatement of Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the 6-3 decision, sayingthat Congress could change the law to allow medical use of marijuana. NowWE need to say that they SHOULD change the laws, starting with thisamendment.
I will put out to my lists that the rally is on from noon to 2 pm. I havearranged for the coffee and tea. I'll also bring a couple dozen hard boiledeggs.
ACLU of Oregon Urges State Attorney General and Dept. of Human Services to Immediately Resume Medical Marijuana Card Program
Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Still Protected, ACLU Says
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2005
CONTACT: David Fidanque, ACLU of Oregon, (541) 954-7731, cell or
(503) 227-6928, office
PORTLAND - The American Civil Liberties of Oregon issued a letter today to the State Attorney Generalís office and the Department of Human Services urging the immediate resumption of the stateís medical marijuana card program in compliance with state law.
OREGON FREEZES MEDICAL POT PROGRAM, see Oregon.htm†† See also >> NEWS RELEASE by Attorney General Bill Lockyer, California Department of Justice and other Medical Cannabis States and their AG situations >> at:†† OR_St_AG.html