OR Legislature preserves patient access, eases transition to rec market

In a bipartisan 46-9 vote in the Oregon House of Representatives, the Legislature gave final approval today to a bill that will preserve access to affordable medical cannabis for Oregon medical marijuana cardholders, expand Oregon’s successful “early start” program to allow adult recreational customers to purchase cannabis extracts and edibles from licensed medical dispensaries, and ease the transition for businesses moving from medical to recreational licensing. Senate Bill 1511 now goes to Governor Brown’s desk for signing.

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Oregon lawmakers make refinements to cannabis laws to support small businesses, youth prevention

The Oregon House of Representatives today approved by a 48-11 vote a bill that would lift residency requirements for cannabis businesses. House Bill 4014, which was introduced by the Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization, will move next to the Senate floor.

“Federal laws make it impossible for Oregon’s licensed and legal cannabis businesses to get bank loans and other traditional forms of financing,” said Representative Ann Lininger, who co-chairs the Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization and carried the bill in the House with Representative Carl Wilson. “Removing the residency requirements, which are never a real barrier for larger investors, gives Oregon’s small businesses access to the support many need in order to compete and thrive.”

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Legislative update: the 2016 short session begins

The 2016 legislative session is underway. The Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization held a lively public hearing on February 2nd that included testimony on two committee bills, SB 1511, the “expanded access” bill that would enable businesses licensed by OLCC to provide affordable access to medical cannabis for OMMP patients, and HB 4014, addressing residency, support for small businesses, criminal penalties, and youth prevention.

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Oregon Cannabis Association testifies on 2016 legislative priorities

Oregon Cannabis Association testifies on 2016 legislative priorities

In the 2016 session, the Association is working to ensure that OMMP patients continue to have access to affordable medicine at adult-use stores licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The Association will also champion the repeal of residency requirements that have the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for small businesses and businesses owned by women and people of color to attract needed investment.

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"Historic" turnout for Deschutes cannabis businesses at County Planning Meeting

“Historic” Turnout For Deschutes Cannabis Businesses at County Planning Commission
Planning Commission votes to “strongly” urge County not to prohibit cannabis businesses

Nearly 75 Deschutes County business owners and allies wearing green ribbons filled the room at the Deschutes County Planning Commission meeting last night. The group, organized by the Oregon Cannabis Association and the local cannabis business community, delivered a petition signed by more than 200 local business owners, farmers and residents urging the Planning Commission to support licensed cannabis farming and other businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County.

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