Pot Panel Approves New Restrictions For Oregon Medical Marijuana

OREGON:  An Oregon Senate special committee unanimously passed legislation on Monday imposing a variety of new restrictions on medical marijuana, a week after a joint committee overseeing the state’s marijuana rules stalled on a similar measure.

The Senate Special Committee on Implementing Measure 91 passed a proposal tightening regulations on the medical marijuana industry, such as limiting the number of plants growers can have, building an inventory tracking system for growers, processors and dispensaries, inspection requirements and an Oregon residency requirement.

Lawmakers say the lengthy set of new restrictions is necessary so the recreational program can pass muster with federal authorities.

The move comes a week after an Oregon House-Senate committee in charge of implementing the state’s new marijuana rules reached an impasse on a bill aimed at stemming the flow of pot to the black market.

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