Oregon streamlines pot testing rules again

Changes modify rules put into place just 2 weeks ago

An employee at the medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore., displays different types of marijuana flowers sold at the shop. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)
An employee at the medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore., displays different types of marijuana flowers sold at the shop. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For the second time in recent weeks, the Oregon Health Authority updated marijuana product testing in a way that, they say, will give providers relief and maintain consumer protections.

On December 2, OHA temporarily relaxed its standards for testing marijuana products. Fewer samples from batches will need to be tested and labs will test for fewer chemicals with the goal of getting sales moving faster but also keeping the public safe.

But the agency announced more modifications because they said the December 2 rules changes “remained burdensome.”

The new temporary rules will maintain consumer safety and help get products to the retail market faster, said Andre Ourso, the manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program at OHA.

“They do not change what’s required to be tested, nor do they alter, in any way, the list of pesticides that products are to be tested for,” Ourso said in a statement.

The rules are in effect from December 15 until May 30, 2017.