Oregon's Rules On Cannabis Include Limits On Edibles

Ohio took a step back after rejecting a legalization initiative Nov. 3, just as Oregon takes another step forward as it develops its own legal, recreational market.

Draft regulations submitted in late October are expected to be finalized this week, and go into effect Jan. 1, 2016.

The proposed regulations are part of a staged process for introducing recreational cannabis use in the state. Since July of this year, it's been legal to possess and grow small amounts of cannabis. And since October, they've been able to buy cannabis products from select medical dispensaries.

As the state awaits final approval of the new rules, here are few highlights:

Capping THC content in edibles

The state is responding to public concern about the concentration of THC in edibles. It will be capped at five milligrams per serving, and 50 milligrams per product for recreational edibles. So a box of brownies could contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of THC and no more than five milligrams per brownie.

There will also be THC limits on cannabis-infused drinks. They may contain up to 10 milligrams, enough for two servings of five milligrams. The container must show the customer how much they've consumed.

The rules of retail

Ohio is placing many restrictions on recreational retailers. They can't operate between the hours of 10 pm to 7 am. They can't offer free samples, coupons or discounts.

They also have to restrict the purchases of customers within a 24-hour period. For example, they can only sell a customer one ounce of marijuana flower, or five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrate.

The Oregon state government has published the full regulations on its web site.

h/t OregonLive, Marijuana Politics

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