The Columbian / Associated Press

Oregon now taking applications for recreational pot licenses

PORTLAND — Oregon residents looking to enter the recreational marijuana business can now apply for a license.

The Oregonian reports that the license paperwork became available Monday morning. At noon, 70 people had submitted the forms.

Oregon has no limit to the number of grower or retailer licenses it will issue. A report by the liquor control commission estimates the state will issue 850 recreational marijuana licenses by the end of 2017.

Commission Executive Director Steve Marks says the agency will review applications for outdoor production facilities and laboratories first, so growers can have their crop ready for the retail market later this year.

Marks says regulators are not likely to approve any applications until after the Oregon Legislature meets next month.