Oregon marijuana regulation bill easily clears House and heads for Senate

A sweeping bill that sets up the framework for Oregon's upcoming legal marijuana market was handily passed by the state House on a 52-4 vote Wednesday.

The measure would put new limits on medical marijuana growers, make it easier for 15 eastern Oregon counties to prohibit retail sales of the drug and reduce penalties for many of the state's remaining marijuana-related crimes.

In addition, House Bill 3400 lays out new testing and packaging requirements covering marijuana and other cannabis-infused products.

Those are some of a highlights of a 127-page bill that members of a House-Senate marijuana struggled for months to assemble after voters last year passed an initiative to legalize marijuana.  Possession becomes legal on July 1 but it could be more than a year until retail sales starts -- unless the Legislature moves forward on a measure allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to temporarily sell small amounts of pot...

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