Next week, the Marijuana Control Board will hear public comments on all rules it has proposed this year. If you haven’t already, we urge supporters to review the latest draft. If you would like to speak with members of the board, consider attending and making your voice heard.
Legislative Information Offices around the state will open on Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16, depending on the location. Click here to see the specific day and time the board will hear from residents in your area. These hearings are for those who wish to speak directly to board members. Written comments may be submitted until November 11.
While as a whole the rules are fair, there are several areas of concern, including provisions:
— Inadvertently banning marijuana-infused edibles, which are clearly allowed by Measure 2;
–Enabling local governments to ban businesses by filing a “protest” with the board, contrary to Measure 2’s limitations; and
–Failing to provide a deadline — or clear standards — for the board while it decides whether to allow marijuana-infused products.
The board plans to finalize its rules on November 20. This round of review is your last chance to make your voice heard on them. The application process for businesses that serve adults 21 and over is expected to begin in early 2016.