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Committee drafting medical marijuana rules considers testing, fees and security

The Oregonian – The panel charged with crafting rules for the state’s medical marijuana retail industry continues to grapple with complex policy questions on security, whether municipalities can opt out of the dispensary law and cannabis testing. The group, which met Friday for the second time, also discussed potential fees, which are supposed to cover the cost of enforcing program rules. Rob Bovett, the Lincoln County District Attorney, suggested dispensary operators pay an application fee of $1,000 and an annual licensing fee of $5,000. The committee on Friday did not settle on a final recommendation. The group is expected to wrap up its work by Dec. 1.

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Some Oregon cities to fight medical-pot dispensaries

The Seattle Times – Oregon officials are only months away from accepting applications for the state’s first medical-marijuana dispensaries under a new law. But local leaders who want to keep pot shops out of their communities are ready for a fight. In Myrtle Creek, the police chief and mayor both oppose dispensaries within city limits. And in Medford, the City Council made a rule change to say that business licenses could be revoked for violating the federal prohibition on the drug. There’s no way “to prevent the wholesale distribution of marijuana through dispensaries,” said Medford City Councilman Chris Corcoran.

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