State medical pot laws face big changes

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Oregon is looking to enact policy changes to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Among the items discussed was security, background checks and a $4,000 license fee. The Oregonian reports,

The requirements, crafted by state policy makers, police and marijuana advocates, are designed to provide oversight of an industry that’s long operated without interference by the state.The security rules, which draw on elements of Colorado’s medical marijuana dispensary rules, generated a spirited debate among officials on the 13-member panel, which was appointed by moderator Tom Burns, who oversees Oregon’s pharmaceutical drug program. Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature approved House Bill 3460 which creates a registry of medical marijuana retail establishments. A committee has been meeting since late September to craft rules that would govern the industry. The committee is expected to meet again before its December deadline. The state will begin accepting applications from prospective dispensary operators March 3, 2014. Amy Margolis, a Portland criminal defense attorney who sits on the panel, said she worries about the proposed requirement that dispensaries maintain 30 days of archived video surveillance. Bars and pharmacies don’t have to follow such a rule, she said.