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Oregonians Are Hungry For Legal Edibles

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“Oregonians with a hunger for edibles will only have to wait another month or two to legally eat them,” said André Ourso, manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1511 into law last week, allowing residents over the age of 21  to consume cannabis recreationally, with some caveats. One section of the bill states that consumers may buy one low dose edible, but lawmakers are still trying to decide what “low dose” should mean. The Oregon Health Authority, who runs the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, will be in charge of implementing those regulations. Once the rules are put in place, edibles will be available to customers if they are of legal age. Ourso stated the OMMP doesn’t have a specific target date but offered that there should be a resolution within the next month or two.

Another interesting stipulation in Senate Bill 1511 states that edibles cannot be packaged in a way that makes them attractive to children, and they cannot be made by infusing cannabinoids into already existing food products. This eliminates popular edible products like gummy bears and other candies that could be confusing to minors. Local dispensaries are either slowing their edible orders or holding off completely until the language of the new law becomes clearer. “Processors will have to repackage or make new batches for the recreational market,” Nick Harsell, owner of High Grade Organics, said. “I’m holding off taking in edibles until I see that definition” of what constitutes a low dose.

Another hurdle standing in the way of edible manufacturing is Oregon’s recent crackdown on marijuana extract makers. The state recently outlawed the processing of oil by unlicensed outfits, severely blocking the flow of BHO to edible manufacturers, putting a ration on their most important ingredient. Oregon started accepting applications for extract licenses on Friday, but manufacturers should note that the state’s law only applies to those using solvents in their extraction process.

While state lawmakers in Oregon hash out the details of their recreational marijuana program, they’ve set up a temporary provision within SB 1511 that allows consumers to purchase up to seven grams of flower per day legally. The provision expires in December or when Oregon passes official regulation on the matter, whichever comes first.


Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

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