Oregon marijuana industry skeptical of revised testing rules

State regulators on Friday tried to calm the troubled Oregon marijuana industry, revising testing rules that had stifled the market and thrown businesses into jeopardy, but the move was met with doubt by industry players.

The Oregon Health Authority called the revisions, which took effect immediately, “temporary rules aimed at lowering the testing burden on producers and processors based on concerns and input from the marijuana industry.”

A consultant to marijuana businesses, however, said the revisions fell far short of what the troubled industry was hoping to see.

"It's not that the changes are bad," said Erin Kennedy, founder of Aperture Consulting Group and a veteran of the OHA's medical dispensary program. "They just don’t go far enough, and people are feeling backed into a corner and they don’t know what to."

Industry lawyer Amy Margolis said some of the changes could even be a step backward.

"After talking to many...

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