Community meetings scheduled on Oregon pot sales

Community meetings will be held to set rules for selling recreational marijuana in Oregon.

As viewed through a fisheye lens, marijuana plants are shown in a grow room at the 3D Dispensary on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As viewed through a fisheye lens, marijuana plants are shown in a grow room at the 3D Dispensary on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The agency in charge of writing the rules for selling recreational marijuana in Oregon says it will start holding community meetings this month as it works toward the opening of retail stores in late 2016.

The voter-approved law allowing recreational marijuana, including homegrown, goes into effect July 1.

It gives the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the chore of regulating sales, as it does with distilled spirits. The law says the commission must begin taking applications for retail licenses next January.

As it considers the rules, the agency plans to hold “listening sessions” in communities around the state. The first are scheduled in Baker City and Pendleton on Jan. 22. The agency said Wednesday it will soon announce more sessions.

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