Beaverton readies for start of rec pot sales
Beginning Thursday, customers wont need to have a state-issued medical card to buy marijuana, and a handful of shops in the Beaverton area will be among the legal sellers of recreational pot.
Sales of limited quantities of marijuana are beginning at many of Oregons licensed medical marijuana dispensaries under a transition plan as state regulators continue to prepare for a fuller rollout of retail sales of the drug.
Early sales will continue through December. Customers who are at least 21 can buy up to a quarter ounce of dried marijuana leaves or flowers per day. They also can buy up to four immature plants and an unlimited number of seeds.
During this initial period, sales of marijuana edibles, extracts and other products are still not allowed to customers not approved through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, which administers the medical program, the following dispensary locations are among those approved for recreational marijuana sales:
Beaverton and Washington County officials said additional operators are trying to win approval for marijuana dispensaries, including four locations in the Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills and Raleigh Hills neighborhoods in and near Beaverton.
Similar stores already are located nearby in the Tigard, Portland and Hillsboro areas.
Also, a county official said The Medmar Clinics county approval was not granted, although it is listed on the state-approved list. The impact on sales from that location was not immediately clear.
Dispensaries will be allowed to sell to recreational customers until Dec. 31. In January, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission which is working to set up the states budding recreational marijuana program plans to begin accepting applications for recreational stores. Those stores should be operational by October 2016.
Geoff Pursinger contributed to this story.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT