Oregon Senate Passes Measure to Ban Marijuana Outlets from Retaining Personal Information Over 48 Hours

Marijuana businesses in Oregon would be prohibited from retaining personal customer information for more than 48 hours under a bill approved by the Senate.

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Senate Bill 863 would prohibit marijuana retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries “from retaining identification information of consumers and registry identification cardholders for more than 48 hours after close of business on business day on which marijuana retailer or medical marijuana dispensary acquired information.”

The measure also “Prohibits marijuana retailer from recording, retaining, or transferring information that may be used to identify a customer.” It does provide an exception “for customers that voluntarily offer name and contact information for marketing purposes”, and “Requires marijuana retailer to destroy any information that may be used to identify a customer within 30 days of the effective date.”

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Oregon Measure Preventing Marijuana Businesses from Retaining Personal Info Passes Senate Committee

An Oregon bill prohibiting marijuana retail outlets from retaining personal information for more than 48 hours has been passed by the Senate Marijuana Regulations Committee.

Senate Bill 863 was filed by bipartisan coalition of 10 senators and state representatives. It “Prohibits marijuana retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries from retaining identification information of consumers and registry identification cardholders for more than 48 hours after close of business on business day on which marijuana retailer or medical marijuana dispensary acquired information.”

It also “Prohibits marijuana retailer from recording, retaining, or transferring information that may be used to identify a customer.” It does provide an exception “for customers that voluntarily offer name and contact information for marketing purposes”, and “Requires marijuana retailer to destroy any information that may be used to identify a customer within 30 days of the effective date.”

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Oregon Bill Would Require Marijuana Businesses to Destroy Personal Info After 48 Hours

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers have proposed legislation that would attempt to protect purchasers of legal marijuana from the federal government.

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Oregon lawmakers worried about a nationwide crackdown on legal marijuana under President Donald Trump’s administration are rushing to protect the personal information of marijuana customers in case federal agents try to seize it.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is taking one of the first direct state actions in response to White House spokesman Sean Spicer last week suggesting a boost in enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws.

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Marijuana Deliveries Now Legal in Oregon

It is now legal in Oregon for certain cannabis retail outlets to delivery to customer’s homes.

Marijuana DeliveriesThanks to rule changes made last year, which recently took effect, cannabis deliveries are now legal among cannabis retail outlets who have received a delivery permit from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The commission has thus far granted 117 delivery permits, including 13 in Portland.

Those making deliveries must follow specific guidelines set fort by the commission. These include;

    • Delivers must be made between 8am and 9pm
    • All cannabis and cannabis products must be transported in a locked box that’s secured to the delivery vehicle
    • Deliveries can only be made within the city the cannabis outlet is licensed in

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    Oregon Officials Recommend No Per Se DUID Standard for Marijuana

    In most states a police officer must prove that a motorist is impaired (through field sobriety tests) before they can charge them with a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) for marijuana.

    However, some states, such as Washington, have a per se limit for THC. This means if you have a specific amount of THC in your system (5ng/ml in Washington), you’re automatically guilty of a DUID, regardless of actual impairment.

    Thankfully, Oregon’s Liquor Control Commission – the entity tasked with overseeing the newly legal marijuana industry – has recommended against a per se THC limit in Oregon. The recommendations were made as part of the commission’s DUI Legislative Report released last month.

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    Poll: Two Years After Legalizing Cannabis Support Skyrockets in Oregon

    marijuana retail outletsIn 2014 Oregon voters gave approve to Measure 91. The initiative legalized the possession and licensed cultivation of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, as well as the personal cultivation of up to six plants. A little over two years later and not only is there no sign of buyer’s remorse, but a large chunk of those who opposed legalization now support it.

    According to a new poll conducted by DHM Research, 66% of Oregonians support the state’s law that finds cannabis to be a legal product; this is a 10% increase in support from 2014, when Measure 91 was approved with 56% of the vote. The survey found only 28% of Oregonians to have an “unfavorable” opinion of the new law. By comparison, only 17% have a positive view of the pharmaceutical industry.

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    Oregon’s First Recreational Marijuana Retail Outlets Open Saturday

    By The Associated Press

    marijuana retail outletsStarting on Saturday, residents can buy Oregon marijuana for recreational use at shops intended for that purpose.

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced on Friday it has approved licenses for 26 retailers around the state, meeting a key deadline almost two years after voters passed a ballot measure legalizing pot.

    “It’s a pretty exciting day for the OLCC,” Steven Marks, the executive director of the commission charged with regulating recreational marijuana, said in a conference call with journalists. He said 12 recreational retailers can start operating as soon as Saturday.

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    Oregon: Over $25 million in Taxes Earned in First Six Months of Legal Cannabis Sales

    Cannabis SalesIn the first six months of legal recreational cannabis sales in Oregon, the state has already garnered $25.5 million in taxes, putting the state on track for over $50 million for the first year.

    The numbers are based on data released by the Oregon Department of Revenue. Currently only medical cannabis dispensaries are selling recreational cannabis – with a 25% tax at the point of sale (medical cannabis is tax free) – though that will change next year when licensed cannabis retail outlets open; at that point dispensaries will go back to selling exclusively to patients.

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    Oregon State Fair Featuring Cannabis Competition

    Cannabis CompetitionFor the first time in its history, the Oregon State Fair will feature a cannabis competition at this year’s event. The competition will be for the best fully-grown cannabis plants.

    The event will feature a variety of cannabis plants that will be displayed in a greenhouse exhibit that can be viewed by anyone 21 and older.

    “We are doing it 4H style,” says Dan Cox, a spokesperson for the fair. “You get a blue, purple or yellow ribbon. We are celebrating the plant as a farm crop from Oregon.”

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    Free Cannabis Fair With Free Cannabis Samples Taking Place on July 24th in Portland

    cannabis fairThe Oregon Cannabis Association is hosting a cannabis fair on July 24th at the North Warehouse (723 N Tillamook St.) in Portland, and the event will include free cannabis samples.

    According to their website, “The Summer Fair invites the public to experience the diversity, craftsmanship and expertise of Oregon’s cannabis community. From beer and wine to cannabis, coffee, chocolate and other craft consumables, many of our state’s best products are produced by small, family-run businesses. In the spirit of Oregon’s beloved farmer’s markets and street fairs, The Summer Fair puts names and faces to the people behind an astonishing and growing variety of cannabis products.”

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