Oregon announces new marijuana testing regulations

The new regulations go into effect on October 1

Budtender Trevor Hollis holds a pair of marijuana buds for a customer. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Budtender Trevor Hollis holds a pair of marijuana buds for a customer. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Starting on October 1, more products will be available at Oregon cannabis stores that have their official state license.

There are also new labeling regulations required for those retailers. Only products that have been tested at official state labs are supposed to be sold at dispensaries.

The state wants to make sure what customers are buying is clean of contaminants and the potency is accurate.

There are 37 labs that have applied for state approval, but the state said so far only 10 are accredited, so there is a wait for growers to get their products approved and on store shelves.

The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission decided Friday to allow samples of batches to be tested, rather than all, to help speed up the approval process.

All Oregon marijuana products will now feature a warning symbol. This new labeling is especially important for edibles, which could be easily confused by children. The commission also ruled it will not allow strains to have names that are cartoon characters or connected to kid toy and games.