Update to city’s rec marijuana rules

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More progress has been made on the recreational marijuana retailer permit process in Keizer. In August, Keizer City Councilors directed staff to move forward on a permit process for recreational marijuana retailers that is similar to the process used for permitting medical marijuana facilities. On Dec. 7, city attorney Shannon Johnson went over a list of differences between recreational marijuana retailers and medical marijuana facilities. For example, Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) regulates recreational while the Oregon Health Authority regulates medical; the age for a minor doing recreational is 21 years while the limit is 18 for medical; and a recreational marijuana retailer cannot be located on the same tax lot or within the same building as a medical marijuana facility. Johnson also spoke in regards to edible marijuana. “The OLCC rules on edibles are both broad and significant,” Johnson said. “The rules require the packaging of edibles to be child-resistant and the labels must not be attractive to minors. For the most part, the packaging and labeling must be pre-approved by the OLCC. The OLCC had the time and resources to get it pretty close to right.” Johnson also included an excerpt of 78 pages of OLCC rules, including the definition of cartoons as it relates to packaging. “It’s important to know how they define cartoons at the OLCC,” he said. Some...

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