The Statesman Journal has reported
As it stands, marijuana is regulated by three agencies — the OHA, Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Oregon Department of Agriculture — whose powers and responsibilities extend far beyond pot into public health, alcohol and crop services.
Having pot oversight under one roof makes sense, said Beau Whitney, a senior economist with the Washington, D.C.-based cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data.
Confusion has arisen in the past around whose jurisdiction enforcement would fall to, be it police or the various agencies, Whitney said. “In that sense, it would make things a little more streamlined in terms of the enforcement side.”
The draft report, obtained by the Statesman Journal through a public records request, outlined problems stemming from multiple agencies overseeing marijuana. “Each overseeing agency has its own mission and mandate, and views cannabis from its own lens,” the draft states.
“This inconsistent vision and overlap of duties creates the potential for conflict.”
Moreover, law enforcement officials and growers have found the multi-agency approach “confusing and difficult to navigate,” the draft states.
The lines regarding who’s responsible for what have changed over time. In a recent example, certain medical growers were required as of July 1 to use the OLCC’s Cannabis Tracking System, which recreational licensees also use.
To help track medical marijuana, the OLCC in August revealed it planned to seek $7 million per biennium in recreational pot tax money from the 2019 Legislature.