The transparency of Oregon’s creation of a legal cannabis marketplace is praiseworthy. If you plan on helping bring the change to your hometown, save yourself some work and study what’s happening in Oregon.
There was a pesticide scare in cannabis production a few months back. What’s up with that issue?
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has identified 250 pesticides that marijuana producers may use to combat pests, mold and other problems common in the industry. The pesticides on Oregon’s list pose minimal risk to human health, according to the federal government, which sets pesticide policy nationally. Most pesticides approved for use in organic agriculture, for instance, would be allowed. Pesticides must list broad agricultural uses on their labels to be included on the state’s list . . . The issue is a major one for the industry, which has relied on pesticides to deal with mites and other problems that can render a crop worthless.
Retailing medical and recreation cannabis at the same location:
Under Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules, marijuana shops must decide whether they want to sell to the medical or recreational markets. The Liquor Control Commission won’t license a dispensary to sell recreational cannabis, though industry representatives have pushed for more overlap between the medical and recreational programs, said agency executive director Steven Marks. Recreational sales are currently taking place under the state’s early sales program without complaints . . . and Liquor Control Commission officials have repeatedly said they are concerned about mingling the two markets because the agency has oversight over the recreational market only.
Reconciling the medical program with the emerging recreational production system:
While the Liquor Control Commission plans to closely track marijuana, the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees medical marijuana, does not have the same authority. Priscilla Lewis, deputy director of the public health division of the Health Authority, said the lack of a tracking system for medical marijuana poses a problem.
“There are opportunities for dirty product to come back into a system that doesn’t have seed to sale and also for diversion to the black market,” she said. “Seed to sale is a much tighter system and we recognize that our ability to build a comparable system is very challenging.”
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The number of people applying for Oregon medical marijuana patient cards has swelled to 73,627 from September 2014 through August 2015 – a 14% increase more from last year. The agency received more applications for patient cards in the past year than at any time since voters approved the program in 1998.
Edible serving size:
For recreational edible products, a typical serving size in things like a chocolate bar is at least 5 milligrams of THC; however, the entire package can contain up to 50 milligrams of THC. Other products, such as drinks or ice cream, can also contain up to 5 milligrams of THC, but the whole product is capped at 10 milligrams.
On the medical side, a package of edible products can’t contain more than 100 milligrams of THC.
Lewis said Oregon’s serving sizes are half of what’s allowed in Colorado and Washington. Lewis said the limits reflect a “cautious approach” rooted in concerns about children accidentally eating infused products that look like conventional ones.
Background checks for those working in cannabis:
The Liquor Control Commission asked lawmakers to expand the list of offenses that could disqualify people applying for marijuana handler permits. Counter staff, known as “budtenders,” will have to apply for these permits. The law allows the state to turn down applicants who have felony convictions, but officials want to add delivery and possession of controlled substance and the possession and furnishing of alcohol to minors as possible grounds for disqualification as well.
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