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.Read More
This Monday, Senate President Peter Courtney announced that sine die is imminent. As committee work wraps up, some hearings may now be scheduled with only a one-hour public notice.
Here is the latest on the Oregon Cannabis Association's legislative priorities and other key bills.Read More
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.Read More
The Oregon Health Authority is proposing changes to the effective dates of enforcement of labeling, testing and concentration rules. And a legislative update from OHA lobbyist Dmitri Palmateer.Read More
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.”Read More
Yesterday, the Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization voted 9-0 to move HB 4014, a technical fix bill that includes provisions lifting residency requirements for cannabis businesses, to the House floor with a “do pass” recommendation.Read More
On February 18, Chalice Farms, Ruby Farms, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Groundworks and Cultivated Industries will host the first cannabis business community fundraiser for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Please RSVP on Eventbrite for more information on ticketing and sponsorship opportunities.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More