Glut of marijuana in Oregon is cautionary tale, experts say

GILLIAN FLACCUS

PORTLAND, Ore. — When Oregon lawmakers created the state’s legal marijuana program, they had one goal in mind above all else: to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market.

That meant low barriers for entering the industry that also targeted long-standing medical marijuana growers, whose product is not taxed. As a result, weed production boomed — with a bitter consequence.

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