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Lack of Testing Oversight in Oregon Raises Concerns

Posted on  April 23, 2014 by  News Admin

Dispensary owners in Oregon are concerned that the state’s lack of oversight on testing labs will create an unstable business climate, boost risks for medical marijuana centers and lead to quality and safety issues. While Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensary regulations require centers to test products for potency and contaminants, the rules do not address the laboratories conducting the tests. As a result, the testing market has become a “free for all,” dispensary owner Bee Young told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, adding that the rules force MMJ centers to vet testing companies on their own. Dispensaries therefore shoulder all the risks and could face repercussions from the state if they accept testing results that are inaccurate. Another result of the new testing laws: Prices have skyrocketed since Oregon distributed dispensary licenses in March. Young, who runs the dispensary Wickit Weedery, said she now pays $250 per test, up from  $75. Given the lack of regulations and oversight on labs, she’s not sure the new price point brings any additional value to the tests. Under Oregon’s rules, dispensaries must test their products with either a third-party or in-house lab that has a “quality system” for testing that is compliant with various standards. But it is up to the dispensaries to make sure labs meet these standards, not regulators. Amy Margolis, a Portland attorney who served on the rules advisory committee, told the Post-Intelligencer that the process creates an “unfair burden” for dispensary owners, since a lay person cannot tell if a lab is...

Lawmakers To Announce Introduction of Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  November 14, 2012 by  News Admin

  At least four state legislatures will consider replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation   On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. State legislators from Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures. Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-District 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. The Rhode Island Legislature passed medical marijuana legislation earlier this year. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states -- Vermont and Massachusetts. "Last week, Washington and Colorado replaced their states' prohibitions on marijuana with a system of regulation and taxation," Capecchi said. "Both measures passed with roughly 55 percent voting in favor. "Gallup found 50 percent support for making marijuana legal last year, and that support has risen over the years," Capecchi said. "We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue. "Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform," Capecchi said. "With these...

Cops Release Guide: How To Smoke Marijuana Legally In Seattle

Posted on  November 13, 2012 by  News Admin

 Washington state's I-502 may not be the best piece of "legalization" legislation you've ever seen; it certainly has its share of warts, including the unscientific DUI blood limits for active THC, and the continued prohibition on home cultivation. But there are definite up-sides to the passage of 502. Among those delicious up-sides is the publication -- by the Seattle Police Department -- of a guide on how to legally use marijuana in the Emerald City. A cop-penned guide on how to legally use marijuana? That shit just couldn't have happened until November 6, man. Let's enjoy the thing, in its entirety. (The cops got a little clever, entitling their magnum dopus "Marijwhatnow? A Guide To Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.") Now, let's enjoy it together, shall we? The world's first cop-authored guide on smoking legal weed... Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle The people have spoken. Voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning December 6 th, adults over 21 years old can possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. Marijuana has existed in a grey area in Seattle for some time now. Despite a longstanding national prohibition on marijuana, minor marijuana possession has been the lowest enforcement priority for the Seattle Police Department since Seattle voters passed Initiative 75 in 2003. Officers don't like grey areas in the law. I-502 now gives them more clarity. Marijuana legalization...

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