Oregon Cannabis: New Rules, Part 1
The coming New Year heralded new administrative regulations for marijuana in the State of Oregon. These changes came through the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) rulemaking process. That process, in turn, stems from cannabis laws passed by the Oregon legislature earlier this year.
We gave a brief overview of the new rules last week. With the volume of changes, we expect to write a few posts analyzing those changes. Today I will focus on “common ownership” issues. Following posts will focus on regulation of hemp, artificial cannabinoids, and CBN.
New rules: “common ownership” definition
Oregon allows verticality in its regulated cannabis program. Some of the new rules resulted from the reality that licenses are often commonly owned as between producers, retailers, and so forth. The Oregon legislature addressed this in SB 408, which provides:
As used in this section, “commonly owned” means, as further defined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission by rule, that a person included on an application for a license under ORS 475B.070 has an interest in or authority over the management of another entity for which a license has been issued under ORS 475B.070.
This statutory change resulted in the OLCC revising the definition of common