Ballot Measure 74 would call on the Oregon Health Authority to set up regulations for a system of dispensaries where people with medical marijuana cards could buy the stuff.
It’s pointless to recommend a yes or no vote. People opposing the medical pot law will vote no. Supporters of the current law likely will vote yes.
The system would be licensed and supervised. The state would get some revenue.
Law enforcement is opposed on the grounds that dispensaries would increase marijuana use. Also, though, dispensaries might decrease pot availability among the unauthorized because medical users would have less incentive to grow their own and maybe sell some on the side.
Oregon took the main step on this issue some years ago when medical marijuana was legalized and people were authorized to grow a certain amount for themselves and others.
If something is legal to use — such as liquor and tobacco — it’s not unreasonable to authorize places where it may be sold. (hh)