Oregon Extract Problem Fixed By Regulators

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Oregon Extract Problem Fixed By Regulators (Cannabis Radio News) – The Oregon Health Authority has reversed itself on a controversial new rule that temporarily outlawed marijuana extracts on dispensary store shelves. The previous rule declared that starting April 1, the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries could not accept extracts produced by unlicensed processors. The state’s extract industry cried foul, as the licensing process would not begin until April 1 and no business would have a license until months after. Producing cannabis extracts without a license is a felony under new laws signed by Gov. Kate Brown this month. Under the new compromise, medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to accept extracts from producers who have applied for a license and submitted a $4,000 fee. Dispensaries will also still be allowed to sell the extracts they had already purchased from producers before April 1.

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