SALEM -- The Oregon Legislature's vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise -- marijuana testing -- but leaves it virtually unregulated.
The state's dispensary law and the rules that implement it require pot stores to register with the state and to test marijuana for contaminants and potency before putting it on their shelves.
But the law doesn't require the labs that run those tests to be licensed or regulated by the state. And no state agency oversees their operations to ensure that they actually run the tests they say they do.
Pot advocates and dispensary owners say the law needs to change to protect patients, dispensaries and the testing facilities themselves.