CCA’s Legislative Roundup

With the legislative session coming to a close shortly, we thought we would share some news from the capital.

One local bill to celebrate in Deschutes County is the passing of SB-365; this bill was really written to protect cannabis farmers in Exclusive Farm Use land in unincorporated Deschutes County. More specifically, it prevents the county from charging SDC fees to cannabis farms and it prevents the county from rezoning as a means for disallowing a cannabis land use that was previously approved. This is a big win for our local cannabis community in terms of cannabis land use and has set an important precedent and tone for our local commissioners.

The export bill SB-582 is also something to celebrate; this lays the groundwork for Oregon to have out-of-state sales of Oregon cannabis, both imports and exports. The legislature allows the governor of Oregon to form agreements with other states where recreational cannabis is implemented, but would only go into effect if the status of legal cannabis changed on a federal level or if a federal memorandum was issued giving clear guidelines on interstate cannabis sales. This is one has been signed by the governor! Big thank yous to both the Craft Cannabis Alliance and ORCA  for all the work and support on keeping this alive and healthy!

SB-218C also passed and was adopted on emergency; it authorizes the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to refuse to issue initial marijuana production licenses based on the supply of and demand for cannabis. This was made at the request of Governor Kate Brown and there was support for it both in the House and the Senate.  If you have a pending license, be sure to check this one in terms of how it can impact your application. A few important things to note: applications submitted before June 15th 2018 are going to be processed by OLCC, however, the land use compatibility statements must be submitted by July 8th 2019. Applicant will not longer be able to change the location on an application or 51% of ownership on production applications submitted before 6/15/18. The cap on production licenses will last until 2022.

HB-2098 also passed, it ia an Omnibus Bill that has many positive legislative fixes and tweaks ranging from adding “kief” defined as a sellable product for a cannabis producer to allowing OLCC to increase their fines up to $10,000 and to paraphrase Jesse from our last event in Bend… that’s a lot better than losing your license. Definitely take a look at the whole bill by clicking that link above to learn more about what changes this makes.

HB-2098 is an Omnibus Bill, a bill that has many rule fixes wrapped up in one sweet legislative bundle.  This one, in particular, has many positive legislative fixes and tweaks ranging from adding “kief” defined as a sellable product for a cannabis producer to allowing OLCC to increase their fines up to $10,000 and to paraphrase Jesse from our last event in Bend… that’s a lot better than losing your license. Definitely take a look at the whole bill by clicking that link above to learn more. If this rings true to you, please let your legislators know why you support and ask them to as well.

A notable bill that dropped dead (and boy are we happy about it) is HB-2382, which would have allowed for additional tax on farms in four counties. This kind of bill is not workable and would have put even more burdensome costs on farms primarily in Southern Oregon.

Last but not least for our roundup is the automatic expungement bill package, SB-420 & 975.  This has been a tough one to work through, so thank you to all the folks who worked hard and submitted testimony in support of it; this has also been signed and passed!

As always, we want to thank you for reading our posts and we do encourage you to become a member or renew at this time with Cascade Cannabis Association by clicking here. As a volunteer organization, your donations and membership dollars support our work in creating opportunities to Educate, Collaborate and Celebrate cannabis in Central Oregon.

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