Deadline looms for Oregon dispensaries

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The clock is ticking for Oregon medical cannabis dispensaries that want to continue selling to recreational customers.

On Jan. 1, all storefronts serving the adult-use market must have a recreational marijuana business license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Oregon officially launched recreational sales last year by allowing existing dispensaries to sell cannabis to customers without a patient card until the state could get its adult-use program fully up and running.

Now that Oregon is licensing rec-specific businesses, dispensaries either have to obtain a new license or revert back to medical-only sales.

Most dispensaries plan to transition to the new licenses, according to the Bend Bulletin.

The newspaper reported that the Oregon Liquor and Control Commission expects to license more than 100 businesses to sell recreational cannabis this week as the deadline approaches.

Dispensaries, which are regulated by the Oregon Health Authority, will miss out on a lucrative opportunity if they don’t switch to a recreational license.

Still, Oregon’s rec market is experiencing some growing pains, including bottlenecks in the testing process and supply chain as well as licensing delays in Portland.