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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204


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

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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

 

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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Hello - 

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