Medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to obtain recreational weed licenses more willingly now, as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission decided to allow them to transfer their old inventory if they become recreational marijuana retail shops.
On Sept. 16, the OLCC published its decision to let local dispensaries avoid financial losses after becoming recreational cannabis shops by transferring their existing products. The reason for this measure is that old inventory of newly licensed recreational shops would unlikely meet the new testing and packaging requirements, and dispensaries would lose their profits by not being able to sell it.
Currently, the OLCC allows new recreational shops to sell their old marijuana until March 1, 2017. However, any new weed products purchased by these stores after Oct. 1, 2016 would be required to go through new tests for pesticides and potency and be wrapped in compliance with the new regulations for recreational weed products.
Thus, weed consumers should know that if they occasionally buy untested marijuana from recreational cannabis retail stores until next March, they might expose themselves to the risk of consuming low-quality weed products. However, such products will have to be marked untested so that the customers are aware of what they are purchasing.
Oregon dispensaries that continue to sell medical marijuana to patients are prohibited to market untested marijuana products after Oct. 1, 2016. Though now recreational weed users can be served by medical marijuana shops, that will no longer be possible once the regulations for recreational marijuana market are finally established.