First medical pot store permits in Oregon granted

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- State officials have granted the first licenses to Oregonians who want to open medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Oregon Health Authority reported eight medical marijuana shops had been approved by late Friday. It's the first batch of approvals, with nearly 290 applications submitted since the state began taking online license applications March 3.

Another 22 applications were granted provisional licenses until their security systems are in place, and 20 permit applications were denied for various reasons including incomplete information or locations within 1,000 feet of a school or another dispensary.

The permits come days after Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a law allowing cities and counties to bar the pot stores until May 2015. At least one of the approved shops is currently barred in Hermiston by city ordinance.