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Oct. 12, 2018 - Upcoming October 24 information sessions for Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) advisory body

Oct. 12, 2018 - Upcoming October 24 information sessions for Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) advisory body

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On October 1, 2018, the Cannabis Program began accepting applications for the Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) advisory body. We are accepting applications until November 15, 2018.

On Wednesday, October, 24, 2018, the Cannabis Program will be hosting two Q&A Information Sessions about CPOT and the application process. Come learn about this exciting opportunity to inform City of Portland cannabis regulations and policies!

 

Q & A Information Sessions

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2pm-3pm and 7pm-8pm

Matt Dishman Community Center

77 NE Knott St., Portland, OR 97212

Open to the public. No RSVP required.

FYI: The event venue is ADA-accessible. The venue is served by Trimet bus lines 4, 6, 24, and 44 (within 2 blocks). There is nearby street parking and a small parking lot w/ ADA-accessible parking spots.

At each Information Session, Cannabis Program staff will present details about:

  • CPOT's objectives
  • Membership expectations and requirements
  • Meeting logistics
  • Application process

The presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question & answer portion to answer remaining questions.

For the application and other information, see portlandoregon.gov/cannabis/CPOT.

Questions? Contact Jeffrey Van Kent, Program Specialist, at 503-823-2094 or jeffrey.vankent@portlandoregon.gov

The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to city programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. To request these services, contact 503-823-4000, City TTY 503-823-6868, Relay Service: 711  with such requests or visit this link: Request an Accommodation or Contact an ADA Coordinator

Sept. 26, 2018 - Portland lowers cannabis fees, creates Social Equity Program

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This morning, Portland City Council voted to approve changes to Portland’s cannabis regulations.

Effective immediately, fees will be reduced for all cannabis businesses in Portland. The proposal contains additional reduction in fees for small businesses and businesses whose owners or staff were impacted by cannabis prohibition. It also offers deferred license payments, eases requirements for some license types, and offer credits for early assistance building permitting meetings for qualifying businesses.

“Though Oregon voted to legalize cannabis in 2014, Cannabis prohibition still negatively impacts individuals and entire communities today,” said Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “While we know our work isn’t done, these changes are a small step toward reducing some of that impact. We’re also excited to offer extra assistance and flexibility for small business owners, and to bring down fees for all license types, particularly retailers.”

A brief summary of the adopted changes:

Reduce fees for all license types (click here for the updated fees):

    • Retailer license fees are now lowered from $4,975 to $3,500
    • Micro-Tier Producers and Processors and Retail Couriers will only pay a $200 application and $1,000 license fee
    • Other license types will continue to pay a $3,500 license fee
    • Other license types (including Retailers) will now pay just $500 for both the initial and the renewal application fee

Create a Social Equity Program with further reduced fees and other assistance:

    • Discounts on licensing fees for qualifying businesses, specifically for small businesses and for businesses whose owners or staff were directly impacted by cannabis prohibition
    • Provide a credit to qualifying businesses that utilize the Bureau of Development Services’ Early Assistance and Preliminary Life Safety Meetings

Offer a deferred payment plan for license fees:

  • All license types may defer full payment of their license fees for six months

Modify permitting requirements for processors and producers:

  • Extract Processors must continue to demonstrate that all commercial building, mechanical, and tank permitting (if applicable) is final to get a license
  • However, all other Processors and Producers must now only demonstrate at least an issued (not final) applicable commercial building permit

There will be more changes to Portland’s cannabis regulations in the coming months and years. These changes will be informed by data collected after implementing the above changes, by an upcoming citywide market study of Portland’s cannabis industry, and by the restarting of Portland’s cannabis advisory body in early 2019.

For more information about the Social Equity Program, please visit portlandoregon.gov/cannabis/socialequity

Aug. 8, 2018 - Portland Cannabis Grants Awarded

The City of Portland has awarded $500,000 in grants to support record clearing, workforce reentry, and cannabis small business support, with a specific focus on helping communities that have been most impacted by cannabis prohibition.

The grants were funded by a 3% local tax on retail cannabis sales that Portland voters approved in 2016.

For more information about the grant recipients and the specific focus of the grants, please see below or click here to see the full press release from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, whose office oversees the City of Portland's Cannabis Program, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz, whose office championed the 3% local cannabis tax.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

August 7, 2018

Claire Adamsick, Office of Commissioner Fritz, 503-823-6388

Margaux Weeke, Office of Commissioner Eudaly, 503-823-3064

City of Portland Awards Grants to Support Cannabis Record Clearing and Workforce Reentry

Supporting Cannabusiness in Portland

Portland, OR – The City of Portland is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Cannabis Tax Allocation grants. The projects selected will direct funds toward record clearing or workforce development and reentry with a specific focus on helping individuals from communities of color disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

In addition to $350,000 in tax money for record clearing and workforce development efforts, $150,000 was allocated toward cannabis industry-specific support and technical assistance to businesses, through a separate funding track managed by Prosper Portland. 

Funding will be awarded to the following successful applicants: 

  • Green Hop LLC (Workforce Development)
  • The Cannabis Workforce Incubator is an intentional effort to racially diversify the cannabis industry with an accelerated training and apprenticeship academy that connects historically underserved populations with the knowledge of how to enter the cannabis industry, from seed to sale.

 

  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School (Workforce Reentry)
  • A construction pre-apprenticeship program for communities of color & low-income young adults, with focused outreach and recruitment to individuals disproportionately impacted by former cannabis laws. Provides training in construction to young adults, with an emphasis on increasing the number of youth and young adults with living-wage professional construction careers.

 

  • Metropolitan Public Defender (Record Clearing)
  • This project will expand MPD’s existing “Legal Services Day” program to find anyone in the city of Portland with a marijuana charge on their record: MPD will cover fees and provide legal support to clear residents’ records. 

 

  • Prosper Portland selected Nu Leaf as the provider for the agency’s Cannabis Business Development Equity Program, a new initiative to address technical assistance needs for cannabis entrepreneurs from communities that have historically been disproportionately, negatively impacted by the prohibition of cannabis.

 

 “I am pleased that the City is leveraging these tax dollars to support organizations that will directly serve Portlanders who have suffered the inequities of the criminal justice system and need basic legal support and training that will help them access housing, a job, or a loan,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who championed the City’s successful 3% tax on recreational cannabis sales in a 2016 ballot measure.  

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the City’s Cannabis Program, said “It is the City’s responsibility to ensure that the benefits of this industry are extended to all, particularly communities of color disproportionately impacted by prohibition. I appreciate that the partnerships formed through this grants process will move us forward toward tangible restorative justice by increasing access to legal services and reducing barriers to entry in the cannabis industry.”

The City allocated $700,000 to the areas of restorative justice and small business support for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and the Cannabis Program in the Office of Community & Civic Life will manage these funds.

For more information, see https://www.portlandoregon.gov/brfs/76223

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July 23, 2018 - Cannabis Program is Hiring!

"Now Hiring" 

Hey all –

Want to join a dynamic, fast-paced team with ever-changing work assisting a growing and exciting industry? Well, then we have some good news! The Cannabis Program is currently hiring for a Compliance Specialist (Code Specialist II)!

The position opened today, and the last day to apply is Aug. 13, 2018.

You may note when you click on the link above that the word “cannabis” and the phrase “Cannabis Program” do not appear anywhere in the job posting. That’s because this is a recruitment to build a “list” of eligible applicants for ANY Code Specialist II positions to become vacant in the City.

However, this list will be used by the Cannabis Program to fill a vacant Code Specialist II position with the Cannabis Program!

Compliance Specialists are responsible for the following, but not limited to:

  • Inspecting cannabis applicants and licensees in the City of Portland
  • Responding to concerns or complaints from the public, the business community, or partners
  • Attending meetings to coordinate efforts to assist cannabis businesses with reaching compliance
  • Working with City, State, industry, community, and other partners regularly

If this position sounds like a good fit for you or anyone you know, please apply, and/or please share with your networks!

Questions? Connect with Terrol Johnson, City of Portland Senior Human Resources Analyst, at 503-823-3172 or Terrol.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov

 

UPDATED June 11, 2018 - OLCC Will Pause Acceptance of Marijuana License Applications

Oregon State Capitol

UPDATE June 11, 2018: The OLCC has released a few important updates about this process, including the following:

  • An OLCC cannabis application does NOT need to include a LUCS to be considered "received" by June 15, 2018
  • An OLCC cannabis application does NOT need to be "complete" to meet the June 15, 2018 deadline

For more information from the OLCC on these clarifications, you can click here for their full Q&A:

OLCC Will Pause Acceptance of Marijuana License Applications 

Focus Will Be on Existing Licensees and Current Applicants

  • The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) announced that it will temporarily shift licensing staff to exclusively process recreational marijuana license renewals, already submitted applications and new applications received by June 15, 2018
  • Any applications for recreational marijuana submitted to the OLCC after June 15 will be set aside for processing until the OLCC processes outstanding applications and renewals in the queue. 
  • The temporary suspension of new licenses will allow the OLCC to clear the application backlog and ensure ongoing oversight of the legal marijuana market. 
  • Medical marijuana grow site registrants are required to start using Oregon’s Cannabis Tracking System.
  • Please click here to view full press release.

 What does this mean for Cannabis businesses within the City of Portland?

  • Currently there are no changes to the City of Portland Cannabis Program’s licensing process!
  • We will continue to accept new Marijuana Regulatory License applications and process renewals!
  • Keep in mind that City of Portland Marijuana Regulatory Licenses cannot be issued until a location has received their OLCC license!  

Questions or Comments?

  • You can contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s Recreational Marijuana Program at marijuana@oregon.gov, 800-452-6522 or 503-872-6522
  • If you have questions about your City of Portland application, please call the Cannabis Program at 503-823-9333, or email us at cannabis@portlandoregon.gov