“The proposed rules are a direct assault on the (medical marijuana) program and the small family farm,” said Prozanski.
Oregon’s medical marijuana advocates say the state’s proposed rules for production impose expensive and unnecessary burdens on growers and will ultimately harm patients who rely on the drug to cope with a wide range of health problems.
The rules call for round-the-clock security and regular reports to the health authority about how many plants a grower has and where their harvests ended up. Hawaii dispensaries are known to have a disproportionately larger set of regulations to build a business around possibly affecting more patients.
“Most growers and patients have no idea about this yet,” said Cedar Grey, a Williams grower with the Oregon Sungrown Growers Guild, which represents outdoor growers in southern Oregon. “And it completely changes the program.”