Oregon Officials Triple Penalty for Marijuana Stores Selling to Minors

Oregon officials have announced that, at least temporarily, they’re tripling the penalty associated with businesses unintentionally selling marijuana or marijuana products to minors. 

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the state’s legal marijuana industry, made the announcement yesterday. The change follows a statewide sting operation which found that almost 20% (1 in 5) of state-licensed marijuana outlets sold cannabis to a customer under the legal age of 21.

“There’s no margin for error on making sure that marijuana doesn’t get in the hands of minors – period,” said commission Chair Paul Rosenbaum in a statement. “The integrity of Oregon’s regulated system depends on industry compliance across the board.”

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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 Legalizes Hemp-Infused Alcohol

    Oregon officials have passed new rules allowing for the production and distribution of hemp-infused alcohol.

    Hemp-Infused Alcohol
    A bottle of hemp-infused vodka.

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission released new rules yesterday for Oregon brewers that allows for industrial hemp to be used in hemp-infused alcoholic beverages if certain conditions are met. Marijuana-infused alcoholic beverages remain prohibited.

    Under the exception, “hemp-infused beverages are only allowed if the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has approved the beverage formula, in accordance with the April 200 Hemp Policy.” In addition, “hemo-infused alcohol beverage labels must comply with TTB requirements.”

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    Oregon Opens Application Process for Legal Cannabis Industry

    sfgate.comOne year and two months after Oregon voters gave approval to Measure 91, legalizing recreational cannabis, the state’s Liquor Control Commission announced today that they’ve opened up the online application system for those wanting to participate in the legal cannabis industry.

    Those applying for a license include those wanting to operate a cannabis retail outlet, those wanting to run a cultivation center, and those wanting to test cannabis for potency and pesticides. A separate license will also be required for those wanting to produce cannabis edibles and concentrates. The commission is planning to process applications for labs and outdoor cannabis producers first.

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    Oregon: Legal Cannabis Sales Begin Tomorrow

    Medical marijuana is shown in a jar at The Joint Cooperative in SeattleLegal cannabis sales are set to begin in Oregon tomorrow, October 1st, making it the third state in the nation to allow such sales.

    Adults 21 years of age and older will be able to legally purchase up to a quarter-ounce of cannabis and up to four cannabis seedlings from certain medical cannabis dispensaries. This allowance, approved by the legislature in July and signed by Governor Kate Brown the same month, gives adults a legal means of purchasing cannabis while the state develops a regulatory structure that will eventually govern the recreational cannabis market. That system is expected to be implemented sometime next year and will be overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

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    Oregon Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Allow Recreational Cannabis Sales to Begin October 1st

    jarThe Oregon Legislature’s House-Senate cannabis committee has voted to approve Senate Bill 460, a proposal to allow currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling recreational cannabis this year. This would give consumers a legal means of purchasing the plant, which becomes legal to possess and cultivate next week on July 1st, prior to outlets opening next year.

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which is tasked with licensing recreational cannabis outlets, has said that shops won’t be open until at least next summer, prompting lawmakers to propose allowing dispensaries to sell the plant for recreational purposes sooner, so to not push people to the black-market. Senate Bill 460 would allow recreational users to purchase up to a quarter of an ounce of dried cannabis a day from dispensaries. They could also buy seeds and immature plants.

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    Oregon Senator Announces Effort to Begin Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales this October

    cannabisjointandbudOregon State Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) has announced that he’s working on a proposal that would allow legal recreational cannabis sales to begin on October 1st, months before outlets are expected to open under the new system approved by voters last year (Measure 91).

    The proposal would allow currently operating medical cannabis facilities to distribute recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older starting on October 1st. Consumers would be authorized to purchase up to eight ounces of cannabis, and up to four cannabis plants.

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    Oregon Approves Funding to Begin Implementing Cannabis Legalization

    Oregon’s Emergency Board approvedoregon a loan of $583,000 yesterday to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission so that it can begin implementation of an initiative approved by voters in November which legalizes the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of recreational cannabis.

    The money will help the Oregon Liquor Control Commission – the entity tasked with regulating the new industry – with hiring new staff, procuring legal advice and beginning outreach efforts. The goal is to have the Commission pay back the money to the state by the end of the 2015-17 budget cycle.

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    Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Oregon Officially Qualifies for November Ballot

    An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the State of Oregon has officially qualified for this November’s general election ballotoregon, according to New Approach Oregon, the group behind the proposal. The group submitted over 145,000 signatures in June, well more than the 87,000 required, and the state has now verified that enough of the signatures were valid.

    If approved into law by voters, the initiative will legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants, and state-licensed cannabis retail outlets which will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The initiative will only apply to those 21 and older.

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