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drug war | economic justice | health oregon elections 2004

dispensaries could save state health care costs

Medical marijuana dispensaries, proposed by Measure 33, will divert pharmaceutical expenses to self-funded program, thus saving millions in Oregon health insurance costs.
Kaiser Permanente supports medical marijuana. Perhaps this is because drug costs remain lower when qualifying patients can grow their medicine at home rather than buying expensive pharmaceuticals to provide the same relief. The medical marijuana dispensary system proposed in Measure 33 would supply medicine to patients who have conditions that prevent them from gardening and can not get medical marijuana under Oregon's current law. The dispensary system will be a self-funded, state-regulated program and will not rely on tax revenues or insurance premiums. Since Oregon has thousands of qualifying patients, all of whom need regular medication, the state would save tens of millions in drug costs.

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