In order to be afforded legal protection under the Oregon Medical Marijuana law as per the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the state patient registry and possess a valid state-issued identification card by submitting a medical marijuana card application to the Oregon Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).
An Oregon medical marijuana card is an identification card issued by the Oregon Department of Health Services (DHS), to qualifying patients, personal caregivers, or dispensary agents. The Oregon medical marijuana card verifies that the patient has received a written certification from a physician, stating that he or she may benefit from the medicinal use of marijuana, as per the qualifying medical conditions outlined by the State program.
For purposes of the DHS, and law enforcement, the medical marijuana card serves to identify those patients who are exempt from Oregon criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.
As per the Oregon Department of Health’s “Medical Marijuana Program“, the following outline serves as a guide on how to register for a medical marijuana card:
**OMMP CUSTOMER SERVICE WINDOW CLOSING**
Atll Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Participants
Starting March 5, 2012, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) will be closing its customer service window at the Portland State Office Building (PSOB). As of this date, OMMP applicants and cardholders will no longer be able to submit payments or paperwork in person to the OMMP. The OMMP is aware that many cardholders have become accustomed to submitting their paperwork in person and receiving a receipt for their payments at the customer service window. It is important to understand that a receipt issued at the OMMP customer service window affords a person no additional legal protection than a certified mail receipt from the post office or any other proof of transmission of an application to the OMMP.
“Per ORS 475.309 (9), a person who has applied for a registry identification card but whose application has not yet been approved or denied, and who is contacted by any law enforcement officer in connection with the person’s administration, possession, delivery or production of marijuana for medical use may provide to the law enforcement officer a copy of the written documentation submitted to the authority and proof of the date of mailing or other transmission of the documentation to the authority. This documentation shall have the same legal effect as a registry identification card until such time as the person receives notification that the application has been approved or denied.”
We understand this represents a change for some OMMP cardholders. Though the OMMP will not have a customer service window to accept applications or issue receipts, we will have a secure drop box on the first floor of the PSOB for individuals who wish to come to the building and drop off their applications in a sealed envelope rather than place them in the mail. Also, OMMP card holders can still submit paperwork and payments by mail to OHA/OMMP, PO Box 14450 , Portland, OR 97232.
The OMMP is working on developing an online application process in order so that patients may submit their applications electronically and make payments by using a credit or debit card. Our target date for completion of this web-based application is by the end of 2012.
*NOTICE OF OMMP FEE CHANGES**
Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
The following fees will go into effect on October 1, 2011:
* New fees apply to new applications and replacement card requests post-marked on or after 10/1/2011 and to renewal applications for cards that expire on or after 10/1/2011.