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Oregon NORML | Activism

By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 19, 2011

(Albany Times-Union) GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that retired bus driver Cynthia Willis can have her medical marijuana and her concealed handgun, too.

The court ruled Thursday that a federal law barring criminals and drug addicts from buying firearms does not excuse sheriffs from issuing concealed weapons permits to people who qualify, including those who hold medical marijuana cards.

Willis says she feels “like a big girl now” because the court found medical marijuana patients should be treated like everyone else.

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From the Oregon Board of Pharmacy.

Portland - The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year.

The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.”

The Board placed marijuana into a Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability, but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V.

The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon's assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.