According to the OLCC, this temporary freeze was implemented to help “ensure that the OLCC is fulfilling its regulatory duties and providing timely responses to businesses in the industry.” Essentially, the OLCC argues that their resources are spread thin enough as it is. There are nearly 2,000 cannabis licensees (including more than 1,000 licensed producers). As a result, the OLCC claims it has its hands full.
Let’s start with the complicated news first. In June of 2018 the OLCC, which is in charge of licensing and regulating the legal cannabis industry in the state, implemented a “temporary” freeze on cannabis license applications. Therefore, applications submitted after June 2018 are held in licensing limbo.
Can I still get an Oregon cannabis Producer License?
Because this can be confusing, we’re here to help walk you through the details. Here’s everything you need to know about securing a canabis producer license in Oregon.
Why would the state of Oregon cap producer licenses? This practice isn’t unheard of. Other states, like Washington, have implemented similar rules.
What is an Oregon Producer License?
The cost of a producer license in Oregon can vary greatly depending on the seller’s situation but always fall in the five or six figures range. Buying and selling a cannabis license requires many moving parts. To help, consider hiring an attorney with cannabis law experience to handle all of the contracts, filings and negotiations.
The Board of County Commissioners approved narrowly defined sets of amendments to county regulations to do the following:
Multiple OLCC-licensed production premises and/or OHA-registered grow sites already located on a single tract may be considered a “legal nonconforming” use (sometimes referred to as “grandfathered”), but that determination will be made on a case-by-case basis through the review of a land use application. Owners or licensees of such sites are encouraged to contact the county to discuss the details.
A new zoning ordinance went into effect March 1, 2019, which limits the number of marijuana production premises permitted on a tract of land in three specific zoning districts.
Questions? Contact Glen Hamburg at [email protected] or 503-742-4523.
Sites for marijuana production limited to one per tract
The approved regulations allowed marijuana businesses in the following zones: