The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) approved 26 licenses for recreational marijuana shops to open. This week marked the first week where retail marijuana locations could open, rather than operating out of medical marijuana dispensaries. The commission met the deadline set forth when voters approved recreational marijuana in the state.
Of the 26 approved licenses, 12 were permitted to open their doors on October 1, according to The Washington Post.
Steven Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said, “It’s a pretty exciting day for the OLCC. “
Along with the approval for retail marijuana shops to open, additional licenses are pending and dozens of applications for recreational producers have been approved. The commission also licensed 10 testing facilities.
Oregon marijuana products must be labeled with lab results and the lab’s name. Any items that were packaged before October 1 can still be sold, but cannot be sold after March 2017. All new products must contain regulated packaging and labeling.
The OLCC is also working on ensuring that packaging on marijuana edibles and products are not attractive to children.