Oregon Liquor Control Commission Looks to Help New Marijuana Businesses
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The OLCC will host a series of statewide workshops on it application process for a marijuana license. There will be workshops in Medford at 10 AM this morning at the Inn at the Commons, located at 200 North Riverside Avenue and in Eugene at Lane Community College's Center for Meeting and Learning, located at 4000 East 30th Avenue, also at 10 AM.
On Friday in Salem at 10 am there will be a workshop at the Salem Convention Center, located at 200 Commercial Street SE.
There will also be three workshops in Portland at the Leftbank Annex, located at 101 North Weidler Street. The workshops will be held from 9 AM to 12 PM on December 14 and 15, with an additional workshop at 1 PM on December 15.
For those who cannot make it to one of the workshops, the OLCC has released a powerpoint from the presentation on their website. For more information, call (503) 872-6366 or email [email protected].
In advance of the start of the application process for prospective marijuana businesses on January 4, the OLCC also published a business readiness guidebook for applicants.
The guidebook is also available on the website. It will help entrepreneurs through the application process and offer help with designing business plans, ensuring safety in the workplace, and operating an effective business.
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Employers Still Can—And Will—Drug Test
Many of the state’s largest employers, including Fred Meyer, Intel, Bi-Mart and Dairy Queen, will still test for marijuana, despite its new legal status. Companies that employ heavy equipment operators are required to buy insurance, and typically require drug testing.
Often, even companies that employ workers who operate machinery while simultaneously employing workers who do not will test, as the company will receive a lower monthly deductible if they test all of their employees across the board.
Driving Under the Influence
Unlike the Washington law, which included attached regulations concerning driving impairment, Oregon’s law has more room for interpretation.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is classified as a Class B Traffic Violation, which carries a presumptive fine of $260 and is not to exceed maximum fine of $2,000. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been tasked with researching the subject of drugged driving and presenting its finding to the Oregon Legislative Assembly no later than January 2017.
After reviewing the OLCC report, the state legislative assembly will decide whether passing more extensive driving regulations will be necessary.
Where will the New Tax Money Go?
Where will the tax money go?
Measure 91, the ballot measure passed last year that legalized marijuana in Oregon, stipulates that the tax revenue collected from recreational sales will be divided up in the following ways:
40 percent- Common School Fund
20 percent- Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services
15 percent- Oregon State Police
10 percent- Counties for enforcement of the measure
10 percent- Cities for enforcement of the measure
5 percent- Oregon Health Authority for drug abuse prevention
While marijuana is now legal for recreational use in the state of Oregon, some individual communities have passed laws banning recreational marijuana facilities from opening. Consumption will still be legal in these areas, but sales will not.
For a full list of cities that have passed these bans, click here.
Photo: Downtown Baker City; via Wikimedia Commons
Budtenders-Bartenders for Weed
Have questions as you make your purchase? No problem, just ask your friendly budtender. The cannabis industry’s answer to bartenders, budtenders are knowledgeable about the different strains and types of marijuana and their effects and are ready and eager to help novice smokers.
Don’t Cross State Lines
It will still be illegal to transport marijuana across state lines. That restriction even includes those crossing the Columbia River into Washington, where marijuana is also legal. Marijuana is classified as a Scheduled I controlled substance, meaning that anyone transporting it across line is prosecutable by Federal agencies
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