Dec 052014
 December 5, 2014

oregon liquor control commission olcc marijuanaThe process has begun on the bureaucratic side of things in Oregon in regards to implementing marijuana legalization. Oregon voters on Election Day 2014 passed a marijuana legalization initiative that regulates marijuana like alcohol. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is tasked with overseeing the recreational marijuana industry in Oregon, and has asked for more money for its budget to do so. Per the Oregon Legislative Emergency Board proposal:

Request: Increase the Other Funds expenditure limitation for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission by $333,000 and establish four limited duration positions (1.08 FTE) to begin implementation of Ballot Measure 91, which regulates the production, sale, and possession of recreational marijuana.

Recommendation: Increase the Other Funds expenditure limitation for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission by $583,000 and authorize the establishment of four limited duration positions (1.08 FTE) to begin implementation of Ballot Measure 91.

The OLCC has a deadline of January 1, 2016 to issue Administrative Rules that will govern marijuana businesses in Oregon. Two days later they will start accepting applications. I don’t anticipate any delays in Oregon, like there were in Washington. Unlike Washington, Oregon already had a framework in place for medical marijuana businesses, and can build off of that for recreational marijuana businesses, similar to how Colorado did things.

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  4 Responses to “Oregon Liquor Control Commission Requests Money To Implement Marijuana Regulations”

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    ummmm maybe I am missing something but if “cannabis is regulated like alcohol” why do you need 4 temp. to perm. positions and an extra $3-600k annually to add some commas and cannabis to everything already on the books. I could do that in my spare time and be done in less than a month. I guess what they are really saying is we are NOT going to regulate anything like alcohol and we need to rewrite everything specifically to protect ourselves from federal blowback and appease all the stoners “rights” cough, cough. I am so skeptical of government and its offerings to the people that I see the boogieman in everything when they start asking for incredible amounts of money for something that should be ALMOST copy and paste regulation if its supposed to be like alcohol. Sorry, guess I am just a little sore after 40 years of backstabbing.

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      Writing OARs is not that simple and the idea is that we will regulate the substance in a way similar to alcohol; however, it is naive to assume that language meant the regulations will be identical. We wouldn’t want an identical regulatory structure. The alcohol structure is fraught with potential corruption.

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    I hope this doesn’t **** with the cannabis cup is July.

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    I had a feeling OLCC would want to get moving quickly; There is nothing but upside for quickly getting rules, regulations, and taxation ready by July 1, 2015 which is the soonest OLCC could begin handing out licenses.
    Everyone who is following these events closely knows that the legalization surge is on. Oregon wants their share of the tourist pie before another 10 states jump in and make it oh so easy to use.
    The key here will be if OLCC sticks to their guns and does not yield to the cities and counties that want to create additional taxes, thus keeping the black market alive. The only way legalization works is if the prices in retail shops are cheaper than those on the streets. Washington is grappling with that very problem right now and we Oregonians have zero interest in maintaining the status quo by default.

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