Oregon Moving to Combine Medical And Recreational Pot
Oregon state legislators are moving toward consolidating the state’s medical and recreational pot industries into one regulatory system.
The co-chairwomen of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation have dropped several bills that would move regulation of medical marijuana from the Oregon Health Authority to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the regulatory agency for recreational sales of the drug. Another proposal would establish a separate agency specifically for cannabis regulation. Part of the idea of splitting up regulation was to keep medical costs down for patients. OLCC instituted much more strict and expensive regulations to report and track product, while OHA’s system relied largely on self-reporting. OHA also charges lower fees for registration and licensing.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the medical community should decide whether marijuana is suitable medicine, not state lawmakers.
Three months after Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on medical marijuana, state health officials and prospective pot-seeking patients are at odds over proposed rules that would spell out who could get marijuana.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam on Monday called for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Virginia, saying enforcement is expensive and disproportionately jails African-Americans.
Starting tomorrow, all edible pot products sold through Washington state’s legal marijuana system will bear a label telling consumers they are “not for kids.”