Heart of Ore. marijuana county: southern Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregonian analysis of state marijuana data finds that the Josephine County is home to the highest concentration of medical marijuana patients in the state.

The newspaper says (http://is.gd/hzBFp0 ) the effect of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act on southern Oregon has been profound, legitimizing clandestine growers and bringing their industry into the mainstream.

Statewide, 15 out of 1,000 Oregonians are medical marijuana patients. Jackson County has more than twice that many, and Josephine County has more than triple the state average.

Patients and marijuana producers say they are drawn to the region for its perfect growing climate and live-and-let-live attitude.

Police say the high percentage of patients in small southern Oregon communities confirms that marijuana growers go there to make a profit.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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