An Oregon Health Authority announcement that unlicensed production of marijuana concentrates will be considered a felony has effectively shut down Oregon’s extraction industry for more than two weeks.
At a March 15 forum hosted by the Oregon Cannabis Association at Refuge PDX, marijuana business owners were surprised to learn that, under a state law that went into effect March 3, unlicensed production of cannabis extracts — potent oils used to make concentrates and edibles — is considered a class B felony.
The law is a side effect of new regulations requiring marijuana concentrate manufacturers to be licensed by the Oregon Health Authority. Extraction companies will be allowed to operate legally after Friday, April 1—but that has left businesses in legal limbo for nearly a month.
The news has caused panic in Oregon’s cannabis industry.
Genny Kiley, co-founder of Emerge Law Group, a Portland firm that specializes in marijuana law, says the new regulations — and subsequent shutdown — have had industrywide repercussions. [Read more at Willamette Week]
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