OHA: New marijuana testing standards issued

1202-marijuana-testingSalem, Ore. – Following concerns from many experts that Oregon Health Authority marijuana testing regulations may hurt the industry and encourage black market alternatives, OHA is responding.

On Friday, December 2nd, OHA announced it will be modifying testing standard for recreational marijuana in order to balance testing costs with health protection for consumers.

According to OHA, Governor Kate Brown requested rules that would allow for fewer samples to be tested, which is expected to lower costs and make for a more efficient process. The temporary rules take effect Friday, December 2nd.

A press release sent out by the OHA acknowledged concerns from the marijuana industry and regulating authorities that testing costs are “driving up consumer prices, creating product shortages, and causing some processors to temporarily cease operations and furlough employees.”

“The Governor has been clear about the importance of the marijuana industry to Oregon’s economy,” said Jeff Rhoades, marijuana policy adviser, Office of Governor Kate Brown. “This approach keeps Oregonians employed, prevents marijuana product from slipping back into the illegal market, and continues to protect public health and safety.”

The new rules come on the heels of warnings from economists that Oregon’s current testing standards would shift business to the black market and result in thousands of dollars of lost revenue for legal cannabis operations.

For more information, visit the OHA website at: healthoregon.org/ommp

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