Two marijuana dispensaries in Bend have acquired licenses to sell retail recreational marijuana, the first in the city to do so, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The licenses allow the dispensaries to sell larger quantities than previously, and more potent edibles.

High Grade Organics, on Davis Avenue, and Cannacopia, on SE Third Street, are allowed to sell up to 16 ounces of solid marijuana products per customer per day, including up to 1 ounce of dried marijuana flowers and edibles containing up to 50 milligrams of THC. Two other Bend marijuana retailers, Dr. Jolly’s and Oregrown, also qualified for OLCC licenses but have not taken possession of them, OLCC records show.

To obtain an OLCC license once they qualify, recreational marijuana retailers must surrender their Oregon Health Authority registration as medical marijuana dispensaries and pay a $4,750 fee.

Nick Harsell, owner of High Grade Organics, said Monday he’s prepared to sell dried flowers but due to a shortage of licensed marijuana processors and a change in labeling rules, does not have edible products for sale. With some exceptions, OLCC-licensed retailers must obtain their product from OLCC-licensed producers and processors. Retailers may continue selling products they stocked prior to Oct. 1 provided they are labeled and packaged according to OLCC regulations.

— Bulletin staff report

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