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April 20, 2018 - Guide for Social Consumption of Cannabis

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Happy 4/20!

In Oregon, adults over 21 can legally purchase cannabis and consume it at home... but without a statewide framework for the social consumption of cannabis, it can be tough to know whether you're following all the rules when you're away or at an event or party.

With that in mind, we're sharing a guide that is NOT legal advice or business advice, but may help ensure that cannabis consumption goes smoothly!

CLICK HERE for a full-size PDF, or see image below. Be safe, and have fun!

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March 7, 2018 - Cannabis Tax Funds Soon Available for Record Clearing

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In 2016, Portland voters approved a 3% local tax on retail cannabis sales.

Since then, the offices of Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly have facilitated a community-driven process that informed how that money would be allocated.

$350,000 of this tax money will be used on record-clearing and workforce development for individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

There are two dates to note below:

  • Mon. March 12, 2018 - The City of Portland's Grants Office will host an informational meeting for potential record clearing and workforce development grant applications from 12 to 1:30pm at Portland City Hall, Pettygrove Room (2nd Floor), 1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland OR 97204
  • Friday March 30, 2018 - Last day for organizations to apply for funding to go toward record-clearing and workforce development efforts

Please click here for the full press release; please click here for a City website with more information, and please click here for an application for organizations interested in receiving money to fund these critical efforts!

Feb. 1, 2018 - Mayor Ted Wheeler Blogs RE: Cannabis

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler recently released a series of blog posts about local cannabis regulation!

You can find all three posts by clicking here, or by click the individual links below with a short except from each post:

 

Local Control Rewards Local Communities:

"In the year since legalizing recreational marijuana use, we have seen both a significant increase in tax revenue and the creation of 19,000 industry-connected jobs across the State of Oregon. The revenue generated from Portland's 3% tax on cannabis and cannabis products, approved by Portlanders in 2016, will total around $3 million for FY 2017-18."

 

Local Control is Responsive to our Communities:

"Drawn from our experience, the City of Portland also provides testimony and insight to the Oregon legislature on cannabis topics. For example, the Mayor’s Office, Portland Office of Government Relations, and the City’s Cannabis Program testified in support of Senate Bill 307 in 2017, which would have created a regulatory framework for the social consumption of cannabis. As the cannabis landscape in Portland continues to change, we will continue to learn and share our thoughts and experiences with Oregon’s elected leaders, agencies, and staff."

 

Local Control is Responsible Control:

"While we appreciate U.S. Attorney Williams initial response, the Portland City Council sent him a letter reminding him of the importance of continued local control of cannabis. Local control and regulation of Portland’s rapidly growing cannabis industry is not only more efficient; it’s much safer. It’s tailored to what has and hasn’t worked during Portland’s legalization process. This way, we can better meet the needs of our city’s residents and visitors, and allow these legal businesses to thrive."

Jan. 9, 2018 - Statement from Portland City Council on Federal Cannabis Enforcement

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On Thu. Jan. 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum which had directed Federal law enforcement to honor the will of states that voted for legal and regulated cannabis.

We believe rescinding the Cole Memorandum was a mistake.

In light of this action, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioners Chloe Eudaly, Amanda Fritz, Nick Fish, and Dan Saltzman have sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy Williams.

Please click here for a PDF of the letter, and please find the full text of the letter below:


 

January 8, 2018

The Honorable Billy Williams

United States Attorney for the District of Oregon

1000 SW Third Ave. Suite 600

Portland, OR 97204

RE: United States Department of Justice Action on Cannabis Enforcement

Dear U.S. Attorney Billy Williams:

The United States Department of Justice decision to rescind the Cole Memo is a mistake. We strongly oppose any action from the Justice Department on cannabis enforcement that would subvert the will of voters in Oregon and other states.

While cautiously encouraged by your comments regarding enforcement of cannabis laws, we urge the Federal government to not intervene with law enforcement in Oregon or other states whose voters have affirmed their desire to regulate and tax the production and sale of cannabis.

We are not merely concerned about federal overreach into the Portland cannabis market, but the entire cannabis pipeline statewide. The Portland area market for cannabis is dependent upon legitimate entities across the entire state to produce and distribute their products to our retailers.

We know that cannabis prohibition has failed.

It has failed to keep our children safe, it has failed law enforcement, and it has especially failed communities of color disproportionately targeted and prosecuted for low-level drug offenses.

Oregon is among the 29 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized and regulated recreational or medical cannabis. Here in Portland, there are hundreds of cannabis retailers, producers, processors, and wholesalers are woven into the fabric of our business community, contributing thousands of well-paying jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity.

The cannabis business community contributes to our state and local economy, and together we work to diminish the unregulated cannabis market. Through state and local oversight, we can ensure that cannabis is safe for consumers and that it stays out of the hands of kids. The City of Portland will continue to stand with our cannabis business community.

Sincerely,

Mayor Ted Wheeler

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Commissioner Dan Saltzman

Sept. 21, 2017 - Changes to Portland's Cannabis Regulations

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Yesterday (Wed. Sept. 20, 2017), Portland City Council passed some changes to Portland’s cannabis regulations that take effect IMMEDIATELY!

These changes will help some Marijuana Processors get licensed faster, while still ensuring that they’re on their way to getting their location properly permitted.

It will also ensure that licensed Marijuana Retailers can continue operating and can renew their license, even if a school moves within 1,000 feet of their business.

The changes are as follows:

The City will now use the same Processor endorsements used by the OLCC (Extracts, Concentrates, Topicals, and Edibles), and the City of Portland’s Cannabis Program’s licensing requirements for Processors of Concentrates, Topicals, and Edibles have changed.

      • Processors of Concentrates, Topicals, and Edibles will now only need to show that all applicable permits have been ISSUED, rather than FINAL, for their initial license with the Cannabis Program.
      • Processors of Extracts still need to show that all applicable permits are FINAL.
      • All Processor types will need to show that all applicable permits are FINAL upon renewal, one year after their initial license.
      • “Applicable permits” may include, but is NOT limited to, commercial building permitting (if the location requires a change in occupancy, a change in use, or other structural changes), mechanical permitting, electrical permitting, tank permits, and other permits needed to ensure the space and the equipment being used is safe and appropriate for its intended use.
      • NOTE: Regardless of the Cannabis Program’s change in licensing requirements, all applicants and licensees must remain in compliance with all fire, building, and zoning codes.

Marijuana Retailers who have been licensed by the State and the City can now continue to operate and renew their license, even if a school opens within 1,000 feet of the Retailer:

  • This does NOT apply to Retailers whose licenses have been revoked.
  • This does NOT apply to Retailers if the ownership of the business changes by 51% or more.
  • These changes match State statute and administrative rule. Portland City Council made clear that Portland would like to see the State change its rules to allow this “grandfathering” to apply even if Retailers change their ownership by 51% or more. If that changes at the State level, the City will re-evaluate and possibly change its cannabis regulations.

Cannabis Program staff can now request to inspect APPLICANTS, not just LICENSEES:

  • Cannabis Program staff still need permission to inspect a location.

Minor cleanup to definitions:

  • Some definition cleanup that the State did a while back, and we’re reflecting those changes now (no changes of substance).

 

What does this mean for Portland cannabis businesses right now?

If you’re a Processor of Concentrates, Topicals, or Edibles, and have applied for a City license, CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR PERMITTING with the Bureau of Development Services!

  • If your business has all applicable permits ISSUED for your location, you may be eligible to receive your City license!
  • Please reach out to the Cannabis Program (503-823-9333 or cannabis@portlandoregon.gov) if you believe your business meets the City’s licensing requirements after this change.
  • REMEMBER: These same permits need to be FINAL when you apply for renewal, one year after your initial license.

If you’re a Marijuana Retailer who has been licensed, you don’t need to do anything!

  • If a school opens within 1,000 feet of your business, and you’ve gotten your State and City license, you will be able to continue operating and get your license renewed UNLESS your license is revoked, or your businesses’ ownership changes by 51% or more, or your license becomes invalid for some other reason.

The City is excited to continue evaluating and changing our cannabis regulations as we learn more, as the industry changes, and as State rules change.

When Oregonians passed Measure 91, they voted for legal, regulated cannabis, and expected these businesses to operate safely. That means making the process to get legal and regulated as clear and predictable as possible. If the regulations are clear and the rules are fair, it’s more likely that businesses will get legal and get licensed while making sure they’re operating safely.

Questions or Comments?

Please call the Cannabis Program at 503-823-9333, or email us at cannabis@portlandoregon.gov!