Why buyers might not see pot-infused edibles on Oregon shelves until 2017

While Oregon’s first recreational marijuana sales are expected in early-2016, the retail program’s pot-infused edibles might not hit shop shelves until early-2017 if the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has its way.

In an April 1 letter to the lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91, the liquor commission made a case for delaying the sale for the edibles “due to concerns regarding the complexity of developing rules and procedures that would allow processors to safely produce edible products under the timelines described in Measure 91.”

The letter shows how closely Oregon’s regulatory agencies are monitoring their predecessors in Colorado and Washington. The liquor commission’s letter identifies “policy issues” it thinks need to be addressed before edibles rules are adopted and manufacturers’ licenses are approved. Among those issues: How many milligrams of THC makes one serving size; how many servings should be allowed per product; how the packages should...

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