Pubdate: Sat, 10 Jul 2010
Source: Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)
Copyright: 2010 Statesman Journal
Author: Peter Wong


Rules Had Required Card Applicants To Show Proof Of Oregon Residency

Obtaining an Oregon medical-marijuana card no longer will be limited 
to Oregon residents.

Current administrative rules require applicants to show Oregon 
identification and proof of residency. But as part of a review of 
otherwise routine changes proposed in the rules, the Department of 
Justice has advised the Department of Human Services that the 1998 
law authorizing medical marijuana is not limited to residents.

Temporary rules will allow the program to accept a driver's license, 
government-issued identification card, U.S. passport or military 

The other rules changes, including what is considered acceptable 
documentation, will be heard at 11 a.m. July 30 in Conference Room 
1-A at the State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland.

As of April, there were 36,380 card holders. A card authorizes a 
patient, or a designated caregiver, to grow a specified amount of 
marijuana and possess it for medical use. Doctors must approve the 
underlying condition, specified in the law, for which medical use is 
sought. The state does not furnish the names of physicians or supply 
medical marijuana, although a potential ballot initiative Nov. 2 
would allow the state to license dispensaries.
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