Changes reflect the maturation of the industry and the evolution of OLCC regulations
Commissioners are given a glimpse into the impact of cannabis stock legislation on the agency
OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has taken additional steps to ensure that recreational marijuana license violations better reflect the current cannabis regulatory environment than it did five years ago when the cannabis industry was first established in Oregon. On his regular monthly meeting on April 8, 2021, The commission also officially approved streamlining changes to the processing of marijuana licenses, an approach that OLCC staff have already started implementing.
Additionally, OLCC commissioners learned of the likely impact on the agency if cannabis social justice legislation is approved by Oregon lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Brown. The commissioners also approved three designated settlements for violations of the recreational marijuana license.
The OLCC regulations, approved in 2016 at the start of adult cannabis use in Oregon, were in line with the guidelines of the US Department of Justice’s Cole Memorandum, which has since been repealed, and acted as appropriate guard rails for an emerging industry. The changes just approved by the Commission better reflect the regulatory oversight required for a mature industry.
Some of the changes reassign a violation to a different category if the violation was unintentional and unintentional. For example, if a surveillance camera fails, licensees have more time to notify the OLCC of the problem. Another change removes the compounding effect of a single infraction when a grower fails to notify the OLCC of a marijuana harvest. Previously, the OLCC had identified a separate violation every day on which the manufacturer had not informed the regulatory authorities.
The commission has also ratified changes to the marijuana license application process to speed up approvals. These changes include increasing the ownership threshold for an applicant from 10 percent to 20 percent, allowing greater flexibility in approving changes to the business structure, and eliminating pre-licensing inspection requirements prior to granting a license.
Oregon House Bill 3112 addresses the criminal and economic consequences black, Latin American, and Indigenous Oregonians suffer from the criminalization of cannabis. A member of the coalition, which supports the Oregon Cannabis Equity Act, explained to commissioners how the measure would create economic opportunities for previously disenfranchised populations by reducing regulatory costs and creating an equity license for individuals previously convicted of or out of marijuana Black, LatinX, or indigenous groups.
HB 3112 would create two more license types: a delivery license and a social (local) consumption license. The delivery license would allow delivery outside the city or county of a delivery company location, and it would also allow delivery to a hotel, both activities that are currently prohibited.
The commissioners also ratified the following fines and suspensions of violations based on established settlements (Detailed information on specific cases can be found here on the OLCC website.
NEBULA CANNABIS in the Portland pays a fine of $ 1,155 OR serve a seven-day license ban on marijuana retailers for a violation.
Licensee is: Haramkhor, LLC; Krishna Kumar, member.
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS in the Portland pays a fine of $ 5,280 OR serve a 32-day license ban on marijuana retailers for two violations.
The licensees are: Alternative Solutions 1, Inc .; Donald VanWormer, President / Director / Shareholder; Brenda Lingle, Secretary / Director.
GRIZZILLA FARMS will surrender its marijuana grower license on the day the transfer of ownership of the company is complete or July 30, 2021, whichever is earlier.
Licensees are: Grizzilla Farms, LLC; Mark Aguilar, Manager / Member.