December 21, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission at its December 20, 2018 meeting adopted changes in rules regulating recreational marijuana with a focus on tightening licensing and compliance requirements, providing licensees flexibility to conduct business, and improving access to medical marijuana for patients.
Under the rules change Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders or a designated caregiver will be allowed to purchase a larger amount of marijuana during a single transaction. In August 2018, after noticing suspicious purchase activity in the state’s Cannabis Tracking System, the OLCC reduced the daily purchase limit to one (1) ounce for OMMP cardholders.
The rule changes approved by the Commission take effect on December 28, 2018.
Key elements of the rules changes include:
The Commission approved a temporary rule that enables industrial certificate holders (hemp producers and handlers [processors]) to continue to operate while the Commission completes its permanent hemp rule making.
The OLCC issued industrial hemp certificates expire one year after issuance; some of the issued certificates were set to expire beginning in January 2019. The Commission is set to complete permanent rule making for industrial hemp by the end of February 2019.
The temporary industrial hemp rule takes effect on January 7, 2019.
The Commission also approved the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions based on stipulated settlements:
Positive Vibrations in Coos Bay, will pay a fine of $4,290 or serve a 26-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for four violations.
Greenway Ventures* will surrender its producer license for ten violations.
In addition, the Commission accepted the findings of an Oregon administrative law judge upholding the revocation of a Marijuana Worker permit held by Donald Morse, and also upholding the issuance of a final order for a letter of reprimand for The Human Collective, a defunct licensed marijuana retailer, which Morse formerly co-operated.
*The locations of OLCC marijuana producer, processor and wholesale licensees are exempt from public disclosure under Oregon law.