By Eli McVey
The number of medical marijuana dispensaries and registered patients in Oregon is plunging now that the state’s recreational cannabis industry is fully operational, casting a cloud of uncertainty over the MMJ program’s future.
Over 200 dispensaries in Oregon have either closed or transitioned to the rec market since the start of 2017, when the state officially separated its medical and adult-use programs. That equates to an 84% decline in the number of dispensaries.
Patient counts have been dwindling since early recreational sales began in the fall of 2015, but they haven’t dropped at the same