ORCA’s latest update, a bit quieter than the last….

Legislative News Alert:

Please note the following analysis is strictly informational and not indicative of ORCA’s position unless explicitly stated. Additionally the analysis only covers the most important aspects of the bills, for detailed specifics please follow up with Jesse Bontecou directly.

SB 218 – Cap on Production Licenses **SIGNED by Gov**

SB 218 gives the OLCC the authority to restrict the number of production applications submitted after 6/15/18 it processes based off of market supply analysis.  It was signed by the Governor June 17th.

  1. The OLCC must process production applications submitted before June 15th 2018.  Applicants however, must have their land use compatibility statements submitted by July 8th 2019 (21 days after the Gov’s signature June 17th).
  2. You will no longer be able to change the location on an application or 51% of ownership for outstanding production applications submitted before 6/15/18. 
  3. The OLCC’s authority to cap production licenses lasts until 2022.
  4. This bill does not apply to existing licenses, including renewals, or for changes of location, or changes of ownership for existing businesses.
  5. This bill only applies to production licenses and applications. 

SB 2098 – Cannabis Omnibus Bill **SIGNED by Gov**

I have highlight some of the bigger effects of this bill below and noted where to find the relevant text in the bill. I strongly suggest that everyone read points 5 and 6.

  1. Directs the OLCC to setup an advisory committee to help develop and maintain standards for testing cannabis and cannabis items. See Section 1.(1) on page 1.
  2. Authorizes the OLCC to establish pilot programs to expand access to medical cannabis. See Section 5.(2)(g) on page 5.
  3. Defines “kief” and allows producers to produce and transfer “kief”.  See Section 6.(3)(a) on page 6.
  4. Allows certified retailers to sell and deliver medical cannabis to medical cardholders who are at least 18 years of age. See Section 12 on page 9.
  5. Directs the OLCC to revoke marijuana retailer licenses if a retailer fails to pay or file their returns twice in any consecutive four quarters. See Section 14.(2) on Page 10.
  6. Increases the maximum civil penalty for licensees from $5,000 to $10,000 per violation. See Section 15 on page 10.

[OLIS is the Oregon Legislative Information System is extremely helpful for tracking bills, and pulling up additional information that may be of interest to you.  Our staff uses it all the time – and you should, too!]

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