The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has approved temporary rules for regulating the recreational marijuana industry.
“Today marks another milestone in Oregon’s effort to establish a robust, safe, and well-regulated recreational marijuana industry,” OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge said.
Commissioners approved 78 pages of temporary Oregon Administrative Rules that will provide a regulatory framework for the recreational marijuana industry covering every segment of the industry supply chain from growers to retailers.
“It’s been an inclusive process, we’ve had 38 separate meetings, plus public hearings in front of the Commission,” Patridge said.
The temporary rules were developed with input from more than 100 representatives from industry, law enforcement, local government and community stakeholders who served on the Rules Advisory Committee and technical subcommittees.
“We had to put these temporary rules in place immediately so that we can start taking applications January 4 so that we can get retail marijuana up and running in the state,” Patridge said.
The temporary rules take effect January 1, 2016 and will remain in place until June 28, 2016 or until the OLCC adopts permanent rules.
“We’ve done a lot of groundwork and I think we have a very solid set of rules to move our process forward,” Patridge said. “We will continue to work collaboratively with stakeholders and legislators as we move forward.”
A copy of the adopted temporary rules can be found the OLCC website.