Police chief, pot shop owner appointed to dispensaries advisory board

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A police chief, state prosecutors and a dispensary owner are among the 13 people appointed by the Oregon Health Authority to advise the state on its new marijuana dispensaries.

The dispensary law goes into effect on March 1.

A bill passed this year dictates that the state must draw up rules, including ways to test marijuana for mold and pesticides.

Among those appointed are Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett, Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree and Salem dispensary owner Noel Bullock.

The state is entering new territory in permitting dispensaries, a model shot down by voters in a 2010 ballot measure but made legal by the Legislature in June.

The system will operate by allowing growers to be reimbursed for pot by dispensaries, which will then charge patients.

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