She Said She’s Confident That Tight Regulation Of The Recreational Marijuana Program Is Keeping It From Leaking Out Of The System.

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, co-chair of the joint legislative committee overseeing marijuana implementation, said medical marijuana growers are a chiefsource of black market cannabis leaving the state. She said she’s confident that tight regulation of the recreational marijuana program is keeping it from leaking out of the system. Burdick said she hopes the prospect of making money legally is enough to draw some of the thousands Green Rush of medical growers in the state into the recreational system. “As the market shakes out and as people gravitate toward the regulated recreational market, I think you will see some of these issues get better, but in southern Oregon there is a lot of marijuana grown and no law enforcement to speak of,” Burdick said. Oregon is hardly alone among legal marijuana states with black market woes. Yet state police analysts found that as of 2016, Oregon exported cannabis to the black market at a rate twice that of Washington, home to medical and recreational marijuana programs. “This provides a strong indication that surplus cannabis is not discarded but is in fact trafficked out of state and sold for a huge profit margin,” the report notes. In 2014, Oregon legalized marijuana for recreational use and rolled out sales in phases starting in late 2015. The recreational marijuana program is regulated by the liquor control commission, which like Colorado and Washington, has a seed-to-sale tracking system intended to crack down on the black market. The state police report relies on data collected before the state began implementing its marijuana tracking system last fall.

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