Oregon Senate OKs marijuana dispensary bill
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
SALEM — Seeking to make it easier for medical pot users to get their medicine and harder for the black market to get its hands on Oregon weed, the state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would legalize and license marijuana shops.
Under Oregon law, nearly 55,000 cardholders must grow the drug themselves or designate someone to grow it for them. Medical pot users say dispensaries are needed to give them a reliable place to get their medicine.
Medical marijuana dispensaries that exist now operate without oversight and run the risk of being shut down by law enforcement.
Some counties have taken a hands-off approach and allowed the establishments to remain open. But dispensaries in other counties have been raided by police and forced to close.
Another major concern of Oregon's medical pot program is that the weed supposedly intended for medical marijuana patients is getting sold on the black market.
Architects of the bill passed on Wednesday say it will give cardholders certainty that they can acquire their medicine, and that it is safe. They also hope the bill will keep excess pot from being siphoned off to the black market.
"This is a great way to impose a standard that will keep that from occurring," said Sen. Floyd Prozanksi, D-Eugene.
The bill, which passed 18-12, would establish a licensing system under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to regulate the medicinal pot retail industry. This would bring the estimated 200 lounges, collectives and cafes already in operation under the purview of state law.
Opponents say the bill doesn't go far enough to stop what they see as abuses to the state's medical marijuana program. And some lawmakers have argued that authorizing dispensaries is a slippery slope to legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
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Liquor board sets tentative rules for marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
OLYMPIA – Washington will allow legal marijuana to be grown outside if it has adequate security, under new rules receiving preliminary approval Wednesday by a state board.
The state might allow an unlimited number of marijuana growers and processors, but a limited number of stores where adults can buy the drug for recreational use. The plants and the products made from them will be tracked “from seed to sale” in secure facilities. Growers who break regulations on sales, packaging, transportation or security could lose a fourth of their crop on the second violation in three years, half their crop on the third and lose their license on the fourth.
Advertising of the stores and their products will be strictly limited and not targeted at minors. Legal marijuana being sold in licensed stores will have to come in child-proof packaging and be clearly marked with the level of its intoxicating substance.
But it won’t carry a logo of a marijuana leaf in a green Washington map.
The State Liquor Control Board canned the proposed logo Wednesday and will work on a replacement. Board Chairman Sharon Foster said there are many other logos that use the state map or outline and “we need to have something different.”
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