Recreational vs Medical Marijuana | Changes to OMMP

Recreational vs Medical Marijuana | Changes to OMMP


Hey it’s Marvolo, and welcome back to my channel. I recently went through the renewal process
for my medical marijuana card. I’m sure some people wonder why myself and
others continue to renew our medical marijuana cards, even though recreational marijuana
has been legalized in our state. I just wanted to take some time to discuss
how medical marijuana and recreational marijuana differ. Particularly in the state of Oregon, because
this is where I live. Though the laws do differ from state to state,
they tend to be pretty similar in the states where both medical and recreational marijuana
have been legalized. I believe that my home state of Oregon has
the highest possession allowances for both recreational and medical marijuana. For a recreational user, you are allowed to
have up to four plants growing in each household, and up to 8 ounces of marijuana at your home,
one marijuana…one marijuana, wow. And up to 1 ounce of marijuana on you at a
time in public. For a medical marijuana user, if you do not
have a grower, you are allowed to have up to 6 fully mature plants, and 18 immature
plants at a time, and as well as having 24 ounces of marijuana at a time. I’m not sure what you’re allowed to have on
yourself at a time. I don’t even know if there’s a restriction
on that. If you want more information and want to find
out what the specifics are in a different state, or in your state, you can go to the
NORML website, which I will link down below. Another difference aside from this, is that
medical dispensaries and growers will often charge a lot less than a recreational dispensary. Medical marijuana is not taxed, and recreational
marijuana is, so it’s a lot more affordable. Also for an additional fee, you can have your
own grower, and that can be really nice to have someone that is sort of a part of your
medical treatment team, and for me, I’ve found that to be extremely worth it. He helps me to identify which methods are
going to work best for my personal illness, my personal needs from marijuana, and different
things that may cause me anxiety. And he helps work with me to make sure I’m
dosing correctly on certain things, and to just make sure I have the best pain management
and symptom management as possible with cannabis. So for those of us that do live in these states,
there aren’t very many states. I think it’s Washington DC, Alaska, Colorado,
Washington, Oregon. I think that’s all. Yeah. Anyways, those of us that live in a state
with both medical and recreational marijuana legalized, we’ve really had to weight the
pros and cons. Myself and many other had already paid for
our initial fees, which can be, you know, $200-$300 just to start up, and then the annual
renewal fees can be anywhere from about $50-$200, depending on your income status, and a whole
bunch of other qualifiers for discounts. It can seem tempting for a lot of people to
just drop their medical marijuana card, and go with the recreational program, but a lot
of us have chosen to stick with it. Regardless of all these fees, so many of us
have decided to stick with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). This is where things are going to start to
get a little bit confusing. And I don’t really know what the government
is thinking. Recreational marijuana and medical marijuana
are currently being regulated separately, which causes a lot of different sorts of chaos,
I guess. So we have the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
regulating the medical marijuana. And then we have the OLCC, the Oregon…mmm
what’s that stand for again? The OLCC, or the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. And they control the recreational side of
things. I don’t really understand why the liquor control
agency is controlling recreational marijuana. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to
begin with. But right now, there are a lot of changes
occurring, and they seem pretty ridiculous. The amount of plants allowed on a grow site
is going to be reduced greatly. Some people are going to go from 96 allowed
plants at their grow site to 12, because of different zoning issues. Growers are going to have to pay an annual
fee per patient, of up to $200. There are a bunch of other things that have
just gone into effect as of March 1st, to try to weed people out. They are grandfathering people in who have
been growers in the past, so that they will not lose their allotted plants. But if their patient chooses not to renew,
or if their patient passes away, they’re not allowed to replace them, and suddenly they’re
going to be losing the amount of plants they can have, and the amount of patients they
can have. And a lot of these growers, this is their
primary source of income. They make their money selling their excess
medicine off of what they’ve grown for their patients, because these plants give off a
lot more medicine than what the patients need. And selling this medicine is what they live
off of. This is going to result in the loss of jobs
for many private dispensary owners, and local growers. And it’s going to cause a reduced supply of
cannabis, in both the medical and recreational dispensaries, since recreational dispensaries
are often getting their marijuana from medical growers. There is going to be a huge lack in the supply,
and a massive demand here in Oregon for marijuana, and people might start turning back to street
dealers if this is not being…if this situation doesn’t get itself under control. These changes are very, very frustrating to
many of us medical marijuana. I know that my grower is really frustrated
with it, and the pressure to get all your paperwork turned in as fast as possible is
whoah, yeah, I cannot. Now, I’m not really qualified to come up with
a solution to this, but I can just comment on what I think, and how this effects me. First off, I don’t think that OLCC should
be in charge of recreational marijuana, or medical marijuana. It feels like they’re trying to weed OMMP
out. They’re trying to just increase our fees,
and make things more and more complicated so that medical marijuana will disappear all
together. And with the prices at local dispensaries,
I don’t really know how so many people who are chronically ill, and have disabilities,
are going to afford their medicine without the prices we’ve been paying. And not everyone can grow their own marijuana. Not everyone is in that kind of a situation. Due to the severity of my illness, there’s
no way I have the energy to grow my own plants, and that’s where having a grower comes in. I pay an annual fee for my grower and always
have paid it. My grower shouldn’t have to pay that fee as
well. I’ve already paid it. I pay my grower for my marijuana, but it’s
a greatly reduced rate because….because of me being his patient, it helps him to be
able to legally grow and maintain his job. It’s always seemed like a fair situation,
and now everyone, all these new regulations are just coming in and screwing it up. Without marijuana, I’d be taking narcotics
for pain, and I’d have a much lower quality of life, and be able to function far less
well. I mean I…being on opiates is not a good
way to be all the time, and I’m far more productive when using marijuana and I’m in a lot less
pain, and this is just really scary to think that I might not have enough medication to
medicate myself. And I might not be able to afford my medicine. We’ve been threatened with changes like this
for a long time, but they’ve never actually followed through on them, and now they really
are starting to change things, and it’s not looking good. I wouldn’t be surprised if recreational marijuana
overthrew the medical program eventually. I just hope that if that does happen, at least
we could have our own agency to regulate it. At least maybe we woiuldn’t have to go through
the liquor agency. That’s a little bit ridiculous. I’m just going to leave a link down below
to the FAQ page on the Oregon.gov page, covering the OLCC and OMMP type information. Oh my god, I’m stifling a yawn, what the hell. I just thought I would share my thoughts on
this subject with you guys, and I think this is all I had to say. Let me know your thoughts on this situation
down in the comments. And let me know if you have any more questions,
and I’ll try to answer them. Thank you for watching. If you liked this video, please give it a
thumbs up, and subscribe if you haven’t already, so you can stay updated for my future videos. Alright, I’m just gonna take a hit, and get
out of here. What the fuck was that wave?

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