Oregon Begins Recreational Cannabis Licensing Process

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission opened its online application process for recreational cannabis licenses early Monday morning.

According to Noelle Crombie of The Oregonian, the regulatory agency originally planned to “staff a call center with staff and policy experts to take questions from people completing applications,” but stormy winter weather in Portland has brought the city to a grinding halt, and the OLCC’s offices are closed.

“It is unfortunate that the severe weather is upon us the same day that we begin accepting license applications for recreational marijuana,” said executive director of the OLCC Steve Marks.

Applicants can pose any questions at 503-872-6366, or contact the Commission via email at marijuana@oregon.gov. The Commission’s responses may be delayed.

Late last year, the OLCC also revealed that it would first consider applications for growers and testing labs, ensuring there will be enough facilities to guarantee all cannabis sold under the new licenses will be lab-tested and safe — and that there will be enough product in the early marketplace to satisfy the state’s demand. Processor and retail licenses will begin being considered later in the year.

Monday also marks the launch of a statewide 25% point-of-sale tax on recreational cannabis.

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