2016 legislative priorities, rulemaking and advocacy

Our 2016 legislative priorities included ensuring that OMMP patients are able to access to affordable medicine at stores licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and repealing residency requirements that had the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for small businesses and businesses owned by women and people of color to attract needed investment. These priorities were included in House Bill 4014.

In addition, our members supported changes in statutory language to align reductions in OMMP plant allowances with the OLCC's licensing timelines, and moving up the introduction of edibles and extracts into the adult-use market. These priorities were addressed in Senate Bill 1511.

Finally, the Association also wrote a letter to legislators in support of House Bill 4094, a bill introduced by Rep. Tobias Read that updates Oregon's criminal statutes to ensure that banks and credit unions working with licensed cannabis businesses are not at risk for criminal liability. The bill also directs Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to study and propose local solutions for banking access until federal reforms are enacted.

2016 legislative testimony

Rulemaking

Our members serve on rules advisory committees for the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and other state and local agencies engaged in the regulation of cannabis businesses. We also provide testimony at public hearings and coordinate advocacy on behalf of the cannabis business community.

This spring, Oregon Health Authority rulemaking for processors, as well as proposed regulations for dosage, serving and packaging limits for extracts, edibles, concentrates, topicals and oils emerged as significant concerns for cannabis businesses and patients.

  • In March, we hosted a free emergency rules update for 600 people to ensure the cannabis business community had the most current information onOregon Health Authority rulemaking. When OHA officials at the meeting unexpectedly announced that their interpretation of a law intended to curb home extraction would put professional extractors and their dispensary partners at risk of criminal prosecution, we coordinated an urgent advocacy effort to resolve the crisis.
  • As OHA rules advisory committee members and through our public testimony, we have advocated for reasonable dosage, serving and packaging limits on extracts, edibles, topicals, concentrates and oils.

2015 advocacy

The Oregon Cannabis Association was in Salem nearly every day of the 2015 session. Our members testified before committees and met with legislators to help them understand our industry. Together, we made a difference by

·      Lobbying successfully to win an early start for adult recreational sales
·      Working to change the definition of “immature plant” along with possession limits
·      Lobbying to move the recreational marijuana tax to the retail level so the burden does not rest on producers
·      Advocating for research licensing and supporting strong standards for labs

Our members also

·      Advised the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Oregon Health Authority on rule making
·      Organized an industry-wide fundraiser that raised more than $100,000 for Congressman Earl Blumenauer
·      Took two 25+ member delegations to Washington, DC to lobby for banking reform and tax fairness
·      Organized Expungement Day, a free legal clinic to help people clear their records of past marijuana convictions
·      Offered testimony, advocacy and technical expertise to local governments implementing Measure 91 and HB 3400

2015 state legislative testimony