In 1998, Oregon voters approved the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act for which patients received registry cards that protect them from arrest. The program helps more than 10,000 sick people and has generated one million dollars in revenue.
The current pot program only lets patients possess three ounces of bud, and they can grow only three mature and four immature plants at one time. Ballot Measure 33 would have let patients possess one pound of marijuana and cultivate up to 10 plants. The proposed law would have allowed registered patients to buy marijuana at state-regulated dispensaries.
One consideration against the initiative may have been money. Measure 33 would have given patients their med-pot for free. The measure received only 42% support.