Rules for Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensary rules should be posted in about a week, state officials said Tuesday.
The rules will be the subject of a series of public hearings around the state before they are finalized. However, the state will allow dispensaries to operate under temporary rules after March 3, when the state begins accepting applications from prospective outlet owners.
Officials with the Oregon Health Authority are creating a website for the state’s registry of medical marijuana retailers, said Karynn Fish, an agency spokeswoman. The state will begin accepting applications online from prospective businesses at 8:30 a.m. March 3.
Fish said officials hope to launch the website by the end of the month. It will feature a draft application as well as information about what applicants need to do to comply with the law.
Meanwhile, the state is in the process of hiring four staff members to help oversee the registry. Two will be inspectors and two will perform administrative duties.
The Oregon Legislature last year approved a law, which for the first time regulates the robust marijuana retail industry that’s has cropped up in parts of the state in recent years. While retailers will fall under a blizzard of regulations starting next spring, marijuana growers and the cottage industry of companies testing the drug for potency and impurities will continue to operate without state oversight even under the new law.
That the registry hasn’t opened has not dampened the industry’s momentum. Weedmaps.com, which lists dispensaries by geographic area, lists more than 90 retailers in Oregon.
— Noelle Crombie
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