What Oregon Can Learn From Washington’s Marijuana Legalization

OREGON:  Soaring prices, supply shortages and overwhelmed regulators are three takeaways from Washington’s roll out of its retail marijuana system that Oregon advocates hope to improve upon should the state legalize the drug in November.

“You are starting a brand new industry from scratch, so there are definitely hurdles to get over and lessons to be learned,” said Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner for the campaign to legalize marijuana in Oregon.

Washington allowed licensed shops to start selling recreational marijuana to people 21 or older Tuesday, but hiccups in the state-crafted system initially kept the doors closed on all but a handful of locations.

That’s one of the most important lessons, Johnson said. “We need to look at regulating and licensing growers and processors first, so there is an adequate supply when regulated sales begin.”