Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) Approves Changes to Draft Rules for Recreational Cannabis Licensing.

Salem, Oregon • Oregon Cannabis Association:  First, in a victory for Oregon businesses, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission yesterday approved last minute changes to their draft rules for recreational licensing, softening their residency requirements to make room for Legislative changes and building more flexibility into their canopy restrictions. The amendments will also allow OMMP cardholders who are employed at OLCC licensed stores to consume their medicine at their place of employment. Read the approved rules here.

Oregon Cannabis Association members have given generously of their time and effort to serve on OLCC’s recreational marijuana rules advisory committee and its many subcommittees. You can read the advisory committee’s recommendations here (.PDF) and see the Oregon Cannabis Association’s comments on the draft rules here (.PDF).

We very much appreciate the OLCC’s efforts to develop a fair and transparent regulatory structure and the many avenues for comment and participation on the rulemaking process the agency has offered to all stakeholders, from the statewide community meetings last winter through yesterday’s vote. We look forward to continuing to work together to develop a safe and vibrant cannabis market that brings jobs and prosperity to Oregon.

#WeEducateDC: Oregon Cannabis Association members in DC to lobby for fair banking access and tax equity

as you may know, more than two dozen members of the Oregon Cannabis Association are in the nation’s capital this week to advocate for fair access to banking and tax equity for cannabis business owners. In addition to meetings with key members from both parties on the Appropriations Committee and representatives from other states with regulated markets, we hosted a briefing for Members and staff that drew more than 50 attendees from states across the country. You can see our press release here or read about the trip in the news:

We were especially inspired by Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s comments on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. You can watch the C-SPAN video here. We are proud of the leadership of Congressman Blumenauer and Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden on banking and tax fairness.

City of Portland Update

Last week, we delivered a petition signed by more than 50 Portland dispensary operators to the Portland City Council as they considered amendments to a plan proposed by City urging them to adopt a fair and reasonable licensing process that protects the personal, financial and human investments that currently licensed and compliant dispensaries have made in their businesses.

Dozens of Oregon Cannabis Association members came with us to City Hall, and several offered testimony. We were also very happy to see Sen. Ginny Burdick and Rep. Ann Lininger, who co-chair the Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on Marijuana Legalization, go on the record with the Council to make it clear that the Legislature’s intent has been to ensure that Oregon’s licensed and compliant businesses can help make the coming adult use market a success for our state.

Fairness won the day. The amendments adopted at Wednesday’s Council meeting will protect most of Portland’s licensed dispensaries from having to race against unknown contenders for City licenses. The City has also announced it will offer licensing workshops on November 18 and 19.

November 5th is Expungement Day!

The Oregon Cannabis Association is very excited to host a free legal clinic in Portland on November 5th to help Oregonians clear their records of obsolete marijuana convictions in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties. We have created a web site, www.newdayoregon.com, where people can learn if they are eligible and RSVP. Please check out the site and forward the information to anyone you know who could benefit from the service.