Skip to comments.Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs
Posted on 01/24/2013 11:19:29 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
SALEM, OR (KPTV) - If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.
Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription.
Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.
Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.
"The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing requirements and limitations on the sale or transfer of products containing nicotine," the bill's text says.
"I think it's pretty crazy," said Juan Silva of Salem. "I don't see it going through. It's going to be something to watch for, but I don't think it'll pass."
Others see the proposal differently.
"I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it," said Rick Cannon of Salem. "You know there's less and less smokers everyday because they know how bad it is for them, so I just hope people wake up and realize how bad it actually is for them."
Greenlick also made headlines this week by suggesting a state committee look into the hiring procedure used by the University of Oregon when it named Mark Helfrich the new Ducks head coach.
I wonder if this will be covered by Obaamacare?
I was wondering that also. Why not, it’s prescribed by a Doctor. More freebies perhaps for his followers.
We’ve entered the twilight zone!
Surely there will be a co-pay.
I that’s the case then the makers of KOOLS will be smiling...
I was wondering that also. Why not, its prescribed by a Doctor
Also, can it be deducted as a Medical Expense when you itemize?
They took time off from their push to legalize marijuana to rejoin the war on tobacco.
medical reefer scripts, condoms, abortions, HIV meds, LBGT counseling/support, atty's to sue your mother, father, pastor ...
Bu'cha can't light up
Since there is absolutely no medical reason for a doctor to ever prescribe a cigarette this is just a cigarette ban.
legalize marijuana to rejoin the war on tobacco.
Everyone knows you don’t inhale marijuana/s
Don’t know the answer but if it’s gonna be a freebie, I may start smoking again!
(Not really, my kids would kill me!)
How does everyone like the nanny state so far? The ruling class politicians are looking out for their “children”. Meanwhile, the potsmoking liberals are still whining about that wascally GOP trying to “take away” their freedoms and liberties. Geez, are those “intellectual” morons stupid or what?
Leftists: legalize pot. Ban tobacco. Strange!
The poor and minorities are more likely to smoke. This could be interesting.
If you had a doc by the throat choking the life out of them wouldn't that be a medical reason?
They would be medical devices then. Slap another 2.3% on ‘em.
Liberty is slavery!
Yet the leftists will deny that taking control of healthcare is only so that they can use it as a tool to control everyone’s behaviour. What doctor would ever perscribe tobacco and then open themselves up to the malpractice lawsuit industry?
My doctor told me I wasn’t getting enough tar.
And isn’t this one of the states that also wants to decriminalize pot? We’re thru the looking glass, people.