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OLCC holds meeting to discuss public safety issues related to recreational pot

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Police officers from around Oregon met up in Portland on Thursday to talk about legal marijuana and public safety.

Recreational pot has been on sale at dispensaries in Oregon for nearly five months, and retail shops should open by the end of the year, but Oregon's recreational pot program is still a work in progress.

Thursday's meeting was a chance for law enforcement from around the state to talk about public-safety issues related to recreational marijuana.

OLCC staff explained how they will be enforcing their licensing and compliance programs. Police officers, sheriff's deputies and other members of the public safety community discussed potential concerns.

People at the meeting also received a demonstration of the state's cannabis tracking system, the state plans to track marijuana from seedling all the way to retail sale using radio frequency ID tags.

This is an entirely new enterprise and the state wants to make sure it runs smoothly.

"The biggest challenge being that Oregon's laws are a little bit different than the other states. There are certain ways we can look at what Colorado and Washington have but there's other things that we're doing completely different. So, I think it's just a new frontier in that respect," said Danica Hibpshman, OLCC Technical Services Coordinator.

The meeting on Thursday was the first of three public safety committee meetings at the OLCC. The hop is to gather recommendations to make the recreational pot program work well in the state.

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