Three months ago I published a look at the number of Wisconsin patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). The OMMP began sharing statistics from the program at the beginning of 2015 on a quarterly basis, meaning this will be the fourth sets of stats so far.
As of Oct. 1, 2015, there are 50 patients with Wisconsin addresses registered in the OMMP, up three from the July 1, 2015 stats. There are also 9 registered caregivers and 9 growers from Wisconsin, up one and two respectively. Wisconsin continues to hold 5th place in out of state patients. The top three are Washington at 874, followed by California with715 and Idaho with 320. Florida is fourth at 63 patients, an increase of 11 from July.
Meanwhile, new rules from the OMMP triggered by the passage of Oregon House Bill 3400 currently state that beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the agency will no longer be registering new or renewing out of state patients or growers. Current out of state cardholders will be unable to renew once their cards expire.
An April 14, 2010 ruling by the Oregon Court Of Appeals in the case State v. Berringer, opened the OMMP to qualifying patients from anywhere in the United States. Before the successful litigation, OMMP registration was limited solely to Oregon residents since its inception in 1998. Now, barring a change in these rules, it appears that once again only Oregon residents will qualify.
Current stats show totals as of Oct. 1, 2015 of 2,534 out of state patients, 724 out of state caregivers and 807 out of state growers. As of July 1, 2015 there were 1,913 out of state patients registered with the OMMP, so there are 621 more out of state patients registered in the last three months.
In Nov. 2014, Oregon voters legalized adult use of cannabis in Oregon, with legal sales of cannabis beginning Oct.1, 2015 at certain medical cannabis dispensaries. Adults can purchase up to 7 grams of cannabis. Cannabadger will be following this situation closely.