Oregon Dispensaries Ask to Sell Recreational Cannabis

A glut of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon has made it difficult for some operations to turn a profit.

As a result, some dispensary owners are pleading with state lawmakers for a lifeline: approval to sell recreational marijuana.

The owners are hoping to sway members of a joint legislative committee considering a bill that would allow dispensaries to sell a “limited number of marijuana products to recreational users” until the state’s rec system comes fully online, according to the Oregonian.

There are currently 310 dispensaries scattered across the state, with another 93 dispensary licenses pending from the Oregon Health Authority. As a result, the majority of dispensaries aren’t turning a profit, according to one marijuana consultant.

The Oregon recreational marijuana system won’t be up and running until the second half of 2016, but if legislators allow dispensaries to start selling recreational, that could conceivably double their sales, one dispensary owner told the committee.

Recreational marijuana becomes fully legal to possess and consume in Oregon on July 1.

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3 comments on “Oregon Dispensaries Ask to Sell Recreational Cannabis
  1. 51504420 on

    Not turning a profit at $10 a gram for flower ? I call BS on that .. A dispensary owner told me his only problem was trying to deal with all of the cash .. Weed out the weak dispensary owners

  2. Organic since 1967 on

    Measure 91 legalized cannabis. Good.
    The OMMP supplies medical patients. Good.
    The two are separate legislative acts and should be kept separate at least until the OLCC offers the ‘Opt In’ option discussed in the OLCC RAC and subcommittee meetings.
    When dispensaries and their affiliated production facilities are used as an avenue to jump start an entrance into the recreational market to the disadvantage of the citizenry needing to wait for OLCC licenses to open retail establishments I see an uneven playing field. Already the ‘incumbents’ operating in the legal ‘grey area’ are loading up on multiple vertically integrated boutique ‘pot shops’ and have an unfair advantage; not to mention that the inventory at most dispensaries are tainted with contaminates. Where are the future growers going to move their product when the ‘chain store/boutique’ dispensaries/rec outlets control the supply stream with 30,000 square foot, 100+ OMMP ‘card stacking’, indoor grow sites? I foresee a problem on the horizon. Excess production will get vacuumed into the unregulated market for relief and at a lower price. Thanks for reviewing this rant…

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