Medical pot dispensary plans to open in Albany

Medical pot dispensary plans to open in Albany
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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Albany's city attorney says he's not sure whether a medical marijuana dispensary that plans to open on Saturday will be legal.

The Albany Alternative Health Solutions has announced plans to open in a storefront, offering kitchen spices the first day and marijuana to medical pot cardholders as soon as Sunday.

Greg Bechtel, a leader of the nonprofit, told the Albany Democrat-Herald the operation will follow Oregon's dispensary rules, which are under development but are all but final.

The Legislature approved dispensaries last year, but businesses cannot apply for licenses until the state's registration system is in place, scheduled for March 3.

City Attorney Jim Delapoer says the City Council has asked for an amendment that would outlaw businesses offering drugs in violation of federal law, which includes marijuana.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald