Salem, Ore. (February 19, 2016) – The Oregon Senate today approved by a bipartisan 20-6 vote a bill that supports Oregon's small businesses by lifting residency requirements and directing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to set up a program to help small businesses succeed. The bill passed the House earlier this week and now awaits Governor Brown's signature.
Stefani Mallott and her husband, Chris, are longtime Oregon residents whose small family farm, Phyre Gardens, produces medical cannabis in the foothills of Mount Hood. “As a small farmer and business owner, it’s so important for me to have the same financial opportunities as any other business owner,“ Stefani said. “Federal laws mean bank loans are not an option, and frankly there are just limited investment resources in our state. But thanks to the leadership Senator Burdick, Rep. Ann Lininger and all of the members on the bipartisan Joint Committee, Oregon is taking the right steps to ensure my business is able to operate on a level playing field.”
The Oregon Cannabis Association has made repealing residency requirements a priority for this legislative session because the requirements have the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for Oregon businesses, especially small businesses and businesses owned by women and people of color, to attract needed investment.
“HB 4014 is an example of the kind of bipartisan leadership that is making all the difference in implementing cannabis legalization in Oregon,” said Amy Margolis of the Oregon Cannabis Association. “This bill came with a unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Joint Committee and a strong bipartisan vote in both chambers. Our members truly appreciate the Legislature’s efforts to support a strong and diverse cannabis business community in our state.”
HB 4014 also reduces costs for veterans seeking Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cards to a $20 annual fee, funds a pilot program to prevent cannabis use among youth, and aligns public safety policies for cannabis with regulations on alcohol use and prescription drugs.