The Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s executive director on Wednesday outlined the agency’s plans and goals in regulating recreational marijuana following voter approval of Measure 91.
Here’s the statement from OLCC Executive Director Steven Marks:
“The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will work with other state agencies to implement Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and public process. Implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon will have an emphasis on bringing Oregon’s marijuana industry into a regulated and licensed marketplace.
“From now until January 2016, OLCC will be exploring many policy questions that will require extensive public and stakeholder input. As we move forward, we will focus on preventing marijuana sales to minors, protecting consumers through establishing standards and providing education, as well as supporting law enforcement in their efforts to prevent unlicensed sale and production of marijuana.
“It is a great responsibility to implement this measure. Although we have learned much already, we will continue to look to our Washington and Colorado neighbors for best practices and opportunities for improvement.
“We have been preparing for what lies ahead. We will work with our stakeholders, legislators and the public to create a safe and secure program that will meet the terms of the law and satisfy the wishes of Oregonians.”
When the measure goes into effect on July 1, 2015, an individual can possess up to eight (8) oz of marijuana per residence and can home grow of up to four (4) plants per residence in Oregon. Measure 91 requires OLCC to begin accepting license applications no later than Jan. 4, 2016.
The most current information on Measure 91 can be found on OLCC’s website, www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana
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