‘How to regulate pot’ packs Clackamas meeting

Marijuana possession legal in July, recreational sales next year

500 people took part in a session held by the OLCC on how to regulate marijuana, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
500 people took part in a session held by the OLCC on how to regulate marijuana, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The agency in charge of implementing Oregon’s legal marijuana program says medical and recreational pot should be subject to the same tracking and testing systems if they’re to be sold in the same retail outlets.

OLCC director Rob Partridge, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
OLCC director Rob Partridge, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission told the Legislature on Friday it doesn’t want to be responsible for the co-location of medical and recreational operations. Federal rules require strict controls to keep legal marijuana off the black market.

Marijuana lobbyists argue the two types of pot should be sold under the same roof, saying ultimately consumers are just purchasing the same product.

The measure voters approved in November makes personal possession and home grown pot legal as of July 1. The retail side of the industry won’t kick in until January.

At a meeting Friday in Clackamas, about 500 people showed up to take part in a session to help determine the best way for the OLCC to regulate pot. It was the 11th listening session the agency has held.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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