In the past couple of months, Southern Oregon medical marijuana growers have been putting in a ton of effort planning and organizing to combat the newer restrictions being enforced in the region on their gardens. Growers are saying that the more recent proposals made by the Jackson County Planning Commission are beyond overrated.
Now medical marijuana growers and those standing behind them are speaking up publicly at county meetings and revealing the true effects the restrictions will carry if approved.
For medical marijuana growers in Southern Oregon, breaking into the thriving marijuana market will become even more challenging due to these proposals. The growers main concern is that they won’t be able to efficiently grow for their patients.
Locally the battle is still brewing, with lawmakers in Salem have recently passed a number of bills that also restrict growers, and go against the objective of Measure 91.
The most significant being SB 1598, which passed and will allow Oregon-grown cannabis to be defined as an agricultural crop. This will create serious land use issues for many outdoor growers in Southern Oregon. If treated like a agricultural crop, Rural Residential (RR) zoning could be problematic because it prohibits commercial agricultural growing.
According to the Weed Blog, Sandy Diesel (a founder of the group Right To Grow) is one of the primary people leading the fight against these oppressive rules and restrictions on growing, especially outdoor. Diesel is contesting the changes and coordinating a group of growers to stand up against local and state politicians. Her plan is to protest in front of the Medford Mail Tribune before a “Legislative Review” the newspaper is hosting on Thursday with a number of Salem legislators from noon to 1:30pm.
“It’s our last opportunity to tell our local legislators to call an emergency session to put a stop to the new OMMP rules, and SB 1598,” explained Diesel. “SB 1598 would shut down all farms on RR land in Jackson County, and many other counties may follow.”
Diesel is planning a protest and will be available to the media before the review at 11:30 in front of the Mail Tribune office at 111 N. Fir St in Medford. The review is open to the public and people are encouraged to attend and express their concerns to our local State representatives in Salem.
The Legislative Review attendees will include:
Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford
Reps. Duane Stark, R-Grants Pass
Peter Buckley, D-Ashland
House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte (Update: McLane will not attend the meeting.)
Topics will include the minimum wage increase, the elimination of coal in generating power for Oregon, and the many “tweaks” to the state’s marijuana laws.
Time: 11:30 AM at the Medford Mail Tribune, 111 N. Fir St., in Medford, Oregon.
The next Right to Grow Southern Oregon meeting will be March 19th. Visit their Facebook group page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/groups/righttogrow/