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Applications for marijuana dispensaries increase

Applications for permits to open new medical marijuana dispensaries are growing as the Oct. 1 date approaches allowing them to offer retail sales of marijuana to anyone over 21.

Figures obtained by The Associated Press from the Oregon Public Health Division show that since Measure 91 passed last November, there have been 411 new applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries and 51 since the Legislature voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to start selling recreational marijuana Oct. 1.

At last count, there were 310 licensed dispensaries, about half in the Portland area.

Donald Morse is the director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council. He says the market is saturated, with three dispensaries recently going out of business, but new people hope to cash in selling retail marijuana once that becomes legal.

— Associated Press