ASHLAND — A medical marijuana activist group is working on an initiative to create marijuana dispensaries in Oregon similar to those in California.

The group called Voter Power hopes to put a measure on the 2010 ballot that would set up a limited number of nonprofit dispensaries.

Under current Oregon law, medical marijuana cardholders must grow their own marijuana or find someone else to grow it for them.

If the dispensary system is approved, patients will still be able to grow their own marijuana or select a grower.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law — even for medical use. But the federal government typically just monitors the state program for reports of abuse.

— Ashland Daily Tidings