Oregon Marijuana News – from the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon!!!

Grace On You “ACCBO July-August-September 2012 Newsletter” for keeping us up to date!!!

This issue is not yet posted however you can find a wealth of information in previous issues at http://www.accbo.com/forms.php


Over the past three years, more addiction counselors have heard their clients reporting that they obtain their marijuana more inexpensively and/or for free.  Historically, over the past 10-15 years, an ounce of sinsemilla typically cost around $240.  Today clients are reporting they can purchase an ounce for as little as $100.  Historically, an eighth of sinsemilla cost $40.  Today that same eighth can be purchased for as little as $20.  There appears to be an increasing glut of marijuana availability that has driven the price down.  Many clients are now reporting that they obtain inexpensive or sometimes free marijuana from Medical Marijuana growers.  This appears to be occurring, all over the U.S., in areas with the most medical marijuana growers.  A recent study of Colorado teens in substance treatment reveals that “74% report using diverted medical marijuana,” according to Stacy Salomonsen-Sautel, PhD, a post doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Division of Substance Dependence.

Growing concern in Oregon has led the researchers of Oregon’s Student Wellness Survey to include a new survey question for Oregon 11th graders in this past year’s data collection.  Question 82 on the survey reads “During the past 30 days, from which of the following sources did you get marijuana?  There are an array of possible responses, including, “A medical marijuana cardholder or grower.”

82. During the past 30 days, from which of the following sources did you get marijuana?  Please mark all that apply.

  • I did not use marijuana during the past 30 days
  • A public event such as a concert or sporting event
  • A party
  • Friends 18 or older
  • Friends under 18
  • A family member
  • A medical marijuana cardholder or grower
  • I gave someone money to buy it for me
  • I grew it
  • I got it some other way

The results of the 2011 survey data collection are currently being tabulated by the State and will be released in the near future.  Additionally, the federal government has become increasingly concerned about Oregon medical marijuana diversion.  In October of 2011, the Associated Press reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has tracked illicit sales of “Oregon medical marijuana” as far as Florida.  With the escalation of diverted medical marijuana we can anticipate that we will see more clients reporting low to no-cost use of marijuana and potentially an increase in marijuana consumption among Oregon’s addiction treatment clients.

Percent of Oregon Treatment Admissions that are Marijuana Primary

Oregon marijuana primary treatment admissions 1992-2010 as a percentage of overall treatment admissions has more than doubled over the past 20 years.  Treatment Episode Data Set, Oregon 1992-2010


1992      Almost 8%

2010      About 17%


A learning from Eric Martin – that will forever stick with me as I work with people who have a relationship with THC  is “Do not get hooked” into the debate of to legalize or not to legalize!  Instead thank the person for their opinion and genuinely ask them

“How is marijuana use affecting you?” 

I have found time and time again the person will list an arm’s length list  of the great benefits of smoking weed but within the benefits there will be one or two outcomes that are not so good!!! 

Using Motivational Interviewing Commend the person for being so honest and open

On the one hand I hear you saying smoking weed helps you be more social, more focused and. . . And on the other hand it is hard to go to sleep at night without it.

This opens the door to begin the process of providing information about marijuana so they might consider breaking up with the weed and replacing it with a healthy drug free lifestyle by developing an amazing relationship with themselves!!!

Thank you ACCBO for keeping us up to date so we may better help our friends who are affected by marijuana use!!!

I invite you to please feel free to post what has worked for you!!!

Blessings and As Always

Grace On You!!!

I am a Life Coach/Brief Interventionist. My emphasis is on trading in our relationship with alcohol, drugs and negative thinking for an amazing relationship with others and most importantly developing an extraordinary relationship with our self!

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Guadalupe Aragon
Grace On You

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Self Care Is Imperative For Caring Professionals
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