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NE Portland dispensary first to be cited for recreational marijuana violations

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Cannacea in northeast Portland is the first medical marijuana dispensary in Oregon to be cited for violating rules of selling recreational pot. 

Dispensaries across the state started selling to recreational users on Oct. 1. 

That’s when inspectors with the Oregon Health Authority said they saw vendors at Cannacea handing out pre-rolled joints for free, not checking IDs, giving away marijuana-infused candy and other products with improper labels and packaging – all of which is illegal. 

Cannacea owner Tisha Siler said mistakes were made.
 
“Cannacea in no way meant to violate any laws or regulations what so ever," she said. 
 
Siler tells FOX 12 she and her staff were checking IDs and they gave out wristbands to separate medical patients from recreational customers. She said she told vendors not to give products away, but she claims some were confused or just couldn’t be trusted.
 
“You know, it’s a learning curve there too," said Siler. “People are opportunistic and that’s just a hard lesson learned by us. There was absolutely no malicious intent and there never will be any malicious intent from Cannacea, ever.”
 
In the end, Siler took full responsibility for the violations and paid a fined this week of $2,500. 
 
Before the OLCC implements permanent regulations for recreational marijuana sales next year, the Oregon Health Authority is monitoring the dispensaries. 

OHA officials said inspectors are doing random checks and hope to have inspections of every dispensary done by the end of October.

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