In order for a patient to qualify for the registry program s/he must meet certain conditions:
First, the patient must suffer from a "debilitating medical condition' as defined in Section 3 of the Act. Debilitating medical condition means:
A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following: cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis; or (a)ny other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the division by rule or approved by the division pursuant to a petition submitted pursuant to Section 14 of this Act. (ORS475.302) 1 Second, the patient must be under the care of a physician, (MD or DO) licensed to practice medicine in Oregon.
...the patient must suffer from a "debilitating medical condition"...
The physician is the "gatekeeper" who must be willing to provide written documentation that marijuana may help alleviate the symptoms of the particular disease condition.
...the patient must submit the physician's written documentation .brief applicartion information, and an application fee of $150 to the Oregon Health Division.
Patients who are unable or unwilling to grow their own Cannabis may, under OMMA, enlist the assistance of a designated primary caregiver.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act only covers patients and designated primary caregivers who are Oregon residents. There is no interstate reciprocity even though the entire West Coast of the U.S. now has similar laws on the books.
The physician is the "gatekeeper" who must be willing to provide written documentation that marijuana may help alleviate the symptoms of the particular disease condition. This written documentation is a "medical opinion" not a "prescription" for Cannabis. The patient may also use forms issued by the Oregon Health Division. (See Appendix A for copies of the Medical Marijuana Program application forms.)
Third, the patient must submit the physician's written documentation (any paper or chart note with the required information may be used for this purpose), brief application information, and an application fee of $150 to the Oregon Health Division. This program fee was established as part of the Oregon Health Division's rule-making hearings. Ballot Measure 67 required that the costs of operating the registry card system would be placed upon the patients who use it. Thus patients who use the program pay all fees. (This is an unfortunate burden for sick people, especially those who have may well have been bankrupted by the medical establishment. But it has a "silver lining". The fee structure also isolates and protects the medical marijuana program from legislative cuts, which could have occurred in an attempt to destroy the Act.) 2
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