Newly released statistics from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) with patient numbers as of Jan. 1, 2016 show a 18% increase in Wisconsin patients enrolled in the program in just three months. According to the OMMP, there are now 59 Wisconsin patients in their registry, up from 50 on Oct. 1, 2015. The increase for the year is a whopping 268% from the 22 Wisconsin patients registered Jan. 1, 2015.
While Jan. 1, 2016 is also the effective date of a new rule passed by Oregon lawmakers restricting the program to state residents, there are active efforts underway to reverse the rule.
Six months ago Cannabadger published its first look at the number of Wisconsin patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), with an update three months ago on Oct. 1, 2015. The OMMP began sharing statistics from the program at the beginning of 2015 on a quarterly basis, so the Jan. 1, 2016 numbers represent the fifth sets of stats so far.
Wisconsin continues to hold 5th place in out of state patients. The top three are Washington at 912, followed by California with 701, a decrease of 15, and Idaho up 3 with 323. Florida is fourth at 71 patients, an increase of 8. The second tier of Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Nevada and Utah did not see any major changes over Oct. 1, 2015. The total number of out of state patients increased by 90, so Wisconsin’s increase of 9 patients represents a full 10% of the total increase.
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.
As an OMMP cardholder myself now since 2010, I’ve been closely watching developments. If and when there is a reversal of the law prohibiting out of state patients in the OMMP, I will be posting it here on Cannabadger.