Medical marijuana in Oregon: Dispensary inspections begin Thursday – The Oregonian

Officials with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program will begin inspecting the retail establishments today.

The agency has hired three inspectors, said Karynn Fish, spokeswoman for the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the medical marijuana dispensary program. Each inspector, and dispensary program director Tom Burns, will head into the field to make unannounced visits to medical marijuana facilities.

The state so far has issued licenses to 90 establishments.

“The regulatory structure is in place,” Burns said in an email to The Oregonian. “The applications have been processed. Now enforcement begins. Dispensaries should be on notice. We’ll be visiting them soon.”

Dispensaries will be inspected within six months of receiving state approval, officials said. Inspectors will visit at least annually after that. 

— Noelle Crombie

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