Monday, March 2, 2015

OLCC speaks out on co-locating medical and recreational marijuana sales

 Recreational and medical marijuana should not be sold at the same retail outlets unless both products are tracked and tested in the same way, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said today in a message to the Oregon Legislature.

The request was approved by all five Commission members as part of a memo to legislators that identified potential gaps in Measure 91, the recreational marijuana measure passed by voters in November.

“OLCC does not want to be responsible for the co-location of medical and recreational operations unless the medical side is run in a manner consistent with federal guidelines,” said OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge.

Federal guidelines require that states that have legalized recreational pot ensure that marijuana does not move into the illegal market or across state lines.

In implementing the recreational marijuana law, the OLCC will use a “seed-to-sale” system to track marijuana from licensed growers to processors, wholesalers and, eventually, retail outlets.

Oregon’s medical marijuana program, currently administered by the Oregon Health Authority, has no tracking system.

 In other business, the Commission approved a staff recommendation to recruit volunteers to serve on the agency’s marijuana rules advisory committee. Individuals wishing to serve on the committee should visit the recreational marijuana program’s web site at www.marijuana.oregon.gov.     

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