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Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical-marijuana program

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, Anthony Uribes processes a marijuana plant with an attached tracking label at Avitas marijuana production facility in Salem, Ore. The cannabis tracking system used by Avitas is the backbone of Oregon’s regulatory system to ensure businesses with marijuana licenses obey the rules and don’t divert their product into the black market. The Oregon agency overseeing the state’s legal medical marijuana industry admits in a report it has not effectively provided oversight of growers and others, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted into the highly profitable black market. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon’s struggle to transform a business that for decades had operated illegally in the shadows into a regulated industry sets an example for other states moving toward legalization.

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