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Oregon Awards First Recreational Cannabis Production Licenses

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has issued eight licenses for the production of recreational cannabis, OPB reports. These are the first recreational marijuana licenses awarded under the state’s new cannabis regulations.

“These licensees reflect the pioneering spirit Oregon is known for,” said OLCC Chair Rob Patridge. “They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and possess the entrepreneurial spirit of this industry.”

The licensees are located in Lane, Tillamook, Washington, Clackamas, Jackson and Josephine counties. The licenses awarded are for Tier 1 and Tier 2 outdoor and mixed cultivation sites. Tier 1 growers are allowed between 5,000-10,000 square feet of growing canopy, Tier 2 growers are allowed between 20,000-40,000. Licensees can begin production as soon as they pay their annual licensing fees ($3,750 for Tier 1, $5,650 for Tier 2).

According to a press release issued by the OLCC, Oregon’s first recreational cannabis licensees are:

• Harold Frazier, Dale Fox, Maiden Azalea LLC (New Breed Seed) – Outdoor, Tier 1, Lane County
• Far Out Farms, LLC (Far Out Farms) – Mixed, Tier 1, Tillamook County
• Preston Greene (Yerba Buena) – Mixed, Tier 2, Washington County
• Smokey Mountain Farm, LLC (Smokey Mountain Farm) – Outdoor, Tier 1, Washington County
• Jennifer Speer-Harvey, Antonio Harvey, Daniel Speer (Terra Mater) – Mixed, Tier 2, Clackamas County
• PWCC, LLC (Pacific Wonderland Craft Cannabis) – Mixed, Tier 2, Clackamas County
• SOCC, LLC (Southern Oregon Cannabis Company) – Outdoor, Tier 2, Jackson County
• Charles J. Brooks (Loved Buds) – Outdoor, Tier 1, Josephine County

It was announced earlier this year that the OLCC would be licensing producers first, so that the chain of supply would be established by the time retailer licenses are issued sometime this fall.

According to its press release, “The OLCC has received 910 applications and expects to receive between 1200 and 2000 applications during the 2016 calendar year. The agency expects to issue about 850 licenses in 2016.”

“Today is just another step on the path to implementation,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “We’re going to continue to remain focused on creating a recreational marijuana system that ensures public safety, protects our children, and fosters a successful legal market for the recreational use of marijuana.”

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