Oregon Fines, Closes Pot Shops

OREGON:  The Oregon Health Authority has shut down several illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and has cited two state registered pot shops for serious violations. 

The state fined Will Lupton, Portland Compassionate Caregivers operator, $6,500 for 13 serious violations including poor recordkeeping, failing to verify whether customers are registered medical marijuana cardholders or caregivers, and evidence of marijuana consumption on the premises, according to the Oregon Healthy Authority.

Since medical marijuana became legal in Oregon about 200 dispensaries have been operating in a legal gray area. The legislature passed a law last year officially regulating the establishments. As of mid-August, 183 had been approved for official operation.

“This penalty sends a message in no uncertain terms –you must comply with Oregon law or you will pay the price,” Tom Burns, Director of Pharmacy Programs for the Oregon Health Authority, said in a press release. Another facility has recently been served with a proposed license revocation and civil penalties totaling $29,500.

 

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