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Welcome to MERCYs page for Info about the OMMP Facts.  Your Index to MERCYs' information about Facts, usually resulting from Questions Frequently Asked of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, as well as relevent and related Items.

These web pages are dedicated to information about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) Facts, relevent issues and resources. Check it out, download, make copies. Spread the Word! We rely on the grapevine and the people to disseminate. Let someone know today!

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Since the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is only a registry program, many questions asked about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act fall outside the legal bounds of the registry program and will not be answered by OMMP staff. MERCY will attempt to help you with these questions, however. Need to get seeds or plants? Need to find a doctor? click here <

As a token gesture, the OMMP website offers links similar to the ones below to well-known, privately operated search engines, such as Google, and MSN. These links are pre-set to the keywords "medical+marijuana+Oregon" and are meant to provide answers questions beyond the scope of the OMMP. Click here to visit the OMMP (internet) Contact page. Click here for more details.  

The use of the keyword "marijuana" limits the results of your search, however, and so MERCY has extended the options for you on this page by including ones utilizing the word cannabis. Also, we have included other engines as each one can produce one or two results the others don't. click here to visit MERCYs InterNet Contact page

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Is my confidentiality protected?

Yes, the OMMP protects your confidentiality!
  • The OMMP works from a locked and secure office.

  • The OMMP keeps all computer and paper files locked and secure when not in use.

  • OMMP staff tells officers from state or local law enforcement agencies "yes" or "no" when asked: (1) if a specific person has a valid registry identification card; (2) if a specific person is a caregiver of a patient; (3) if a specific person has a pending application, or (4) if a specific address is a registered "grow site". This "yes" or "no" practice is called "verification", because we only verify specific questions asked of us.

  • OMMP staff do not give out other information to law enforcement. For example, if an OMMP staff member is asked by an officer to give out the name of a patient's designated primary caregiver, the staff member tells the officer that such information is confidential and can only be verified if OMMP staff is given specific information (name or address) to verify.

  • The OMMP follows all Department of Human Services policies on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA uses terms such as "identified data" and "de-identified" or "non-identifying data." "Identified data" means data that can specifically identify individuals, such as name or date of birth. "De-identified" or "non-identifying data" means data that protects the identity of specific individuals. For example, a count of the number of patients currently registered with the OMMP does not allow the identification of specific individuals.

  • When asked for information by newspaper or TV reporters, for example, the OMMP gives out only counts--not names, addresses, dates of birth, or other "identifying" information. In giving out counts, the OMMP combines small numbers. For example, if a county has fewer than 50 OMMP patients, the OMMP will combine the actual number of patients from that county with one or more other counties that have fewer than 50 patients. The OMMP then gives out a "combined" count of patients for several counties. This protects the actual identity of patients who may live in less-populated areas of the State.

  • The OMMP will disclose patient information to others only at the specific, written request of the patient.

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