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Oregon Bill Would Adjust State’s Medical, Adult-Use Cannabis Programs

July 7, 2017
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There could be some changes coming to Oregon’s medical and adult-use cannabis programs under a measure now sitting on Gov. Kate Brown’s desk.

The legislation, House Bill 2198, would create the Oregon Cannabis Commission (OCC) to oversee the framework of the state’s medical cannabis program. It would also allow several thousand state-licensed medical growers to sell up to 20 pounds of excess cannabis each into the state’s adult-use.

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The bill has so far breezed through the Oregon Legislature, with the Senate passing the bill yesterday on an 18–12 vote, which fell mostly along party lines. Four Republican senators voted for the bill, while three Democrats voted against it.

The House approved the measure even more enthusiastically, passing HB 2198 on a 48–11 vote. Not a single House Democrats voted against the bill, though several Republicans voted for it.

HB 2198 would also specify that cannabis retailers and dispensaries may be located within 1,000 feet of schools, but only if the Oregon Liquor Control Commission determines that there is a physical or geographic barrier capable of preventing children from “traversing to premises of marijuana retailer or dispensary.”

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The Oregon Cannabis Commission would be established within the Oregon Health Authority. It would consist of a public health officer (or the public health officer’s designee) and eight members to be appointed by the governor.

Those eight members would consist of a medical marijuana cardholder, a person designated to produce cannabis by a cardholder, a physician, one representative each from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, a local health officer, a law enforcement officer, and a person knowledgeable about research proposal grant protocol.

Commissioners’ terms would be four years, though they would serve at the governor’s pleasure. The commission will meet at least once a quarter, in a location yet to be determined.

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  • Lastchance

    Colorado has still done it the best!

    • Our House

      Oregon so far has completely screwed it up, and I don’t think anyone can say this bill will actually fix it. It’s literally a bill to have people think about fixing things.. eventually.

      • sekent69

        be thankful your not in Washington state.
        There’s is by far the worst. TAX, TAX, TAX, no home grow for personal use and no separate medical dispensaries. (so medical patients now are VERY limited in what is available) Most medical growers where not able to get (or afford) grow licenses & taxes by the state.

        • Our House

          we no longer have separate medical, and the cost of medical has tripled in the last year. The cities and counties are using zoning laws to attempt to stop personal growing or at least to be able to SWAT the people who do it. So now in oregon you have to pay 20% tax on top of sky high prices. I’m sure Washington has screwed it up too, but Oregon didn’t have to destroy medical access and re-criminalize but that is exactly way is happening. And without medical access you have no way to protect from federal prosecution.