Oregon Aproves Licenses For 22 Medical Pot Shops; More to Come



Oregon now has 22 medical marijuana shops, all licensed with the state's blessing.

Oregon Senate Bill 1531, signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber earlier this month, gives cities and counties until May 1 to block any medical marijuana stores that set up shop. Otherwise, the Oregon Health Authority was licensing pot to be packaged in child-proof containers and sold over the counter.

And as of this morning, the Oregon Health Authority had approved 22 locations—14 dispensaries given the OK late Friday, on top of eight others approved last week.

The Associated Press reports that the city of Portland has the most shops (nine), followed by Eugene (five). The cities of Bend and Salem have two each, and there is one medical pot shop each in the cities of Corvallis, Hermiston and Springfield. An additional shop declined to have its location disclosed.

Additionally, 41 applicants have been granted provisional licenses until their security systems are in place.

And presumably, there are more to come—the agency said it had processed 102 of 301 applications submitted since the beginning of March.

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