State: Mobile medical marijuana cart illegal

The Oregon Health Authority says the Smoke Buddy is illegal

Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she smokes pot in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she smokes pot in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – It didn’t take long for an entrepreneur to combine two of Portland’s favorite things: marijuana and food carts.

But state officials aren’t thrilled. The Oregon Health Authority on Monday said the Smoke Buddy, a mobile cart selling medical marijuana, is illegal.

The agency’s spokesman Jonathan Modie said operating a mobile service or a medicine delivery service is not allowed under the state dispensary rules. The prohibition includes sales at farmers markets, drive-thru windows and mobile dispensaries.

According to Modie, a facility must operate at a particular location to be registered. And any transfer of marijuana to or from a dispensary must take place at the registered address.

The Smoke Buddy has been operating for about a week, visiting several Portland neighborhoods.

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