Looking at what they are doing seems to be in line with Washington . Freeing things up a bit rather than reigning in
First up concept, LC 145, that are being described as “technical fixes.”
If LC 145 became a bill, it would:
- Remove the residency requirement for marijuana businesses
- Increase spending flexibility for the OLCC by allowing greater distribution of fees collected through licensing
- Create a pilot project to educate children on the effects of marijuana use
- Reduce penalties for certain marijuana related crimes
And LC 180 a legislative concept being considered by the committee is LC 180.
It is reported as having three primary policies:
- Allow marijuana businesses licensed with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to obtain special registration for handling medical grade products
- Makes it so marijuana retailers cannot collect taxes from medical marijuana program patients
- Authorizes dispensaries to sell new types of products until Dec. 31, including edibles, carbon dioxide vaporizers, topical balms and extracts
The statesman journal goes on to report.
Rep. Carl Wilson also brought forward LC 232, which would require that industrial hemp products intended for human consumption be lab tested in accordance with OHA marijuana testing rules.
The OHA representatives told lawmakers it remains concerned that children will use marijuana products. Advertising for dispensaries and products is not as tightly regulated as the agency would like. OHA also revealed the logo that will appear on products containing marijuana, which shows an exclamation mark and a cannabis leaf on a red background.
OLCC staff told the committee that the agency is now accepting recreational marijuana license applications. More than 540 applications have been received, and 300 have already been completed. Around 200 licenses have been issued for producers and processors and 75 for retailers.
Going forward, the committee may propose the legislative concepts as bills during the Legislature’s five-week February session.