Testing, supply issues ‘could be death knell’ for Oregon MJ market
By Omar Sacirbey
Strict marijuana testing standards and a dearth of labs have created a supply shortage for Oregon’s marijuana businesses, resulting in half-empty shelves, plunging revenue and possible layoffs. Many businesses are even closing.
“This could be a death knell for Oregon’s cannabis industry,” economist Beau Whitney surmised.
The supply crunch has affected retail availability of both recreational and medical marijuana, including flower and edibles. It comes on the heels of more stringent cannabis testing standards that took effect Oct. 1. Meanwhile, only a handful of labs have been accredited for testing, and many of the tested products have