Drugs

Oregon races to finalize rules for marijuana, issue licenses

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is racing to finalize regulations for growing, processing and selling recreational marijuana and issue licenses to hundreds of businesses within a few months.

Commission Chair Rob Patridge says the commission is trying to accommodate everybody.

The commission issued its first recreational marijuana licenses on May 2 to eight businesses and is dealing with more than 1,500 applications.

Oregon's revenue department processed $10.5 million in marijuana tax payments through April 29 — far more than expected. The Legislative Revenue Office then increased its estimate of net tax revenues from recreational marijuana from $8.4 million to $35 million through June 30, 2017.

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