Oregon medical marijuana growers and processors could soon have direct access to the burgeoning adult-use market under a bill that aims to move MMJ under the purview of the regulatory agency that oversees recreational cannabis.
According to The (Bend) Bulletin, Senate Bill 1057 authorizes the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to:
- Begin permitting MMJ growers and processors so they can sell to rec retailers.
- Require medical businesses to start using the state’s inventory tracking system.
- Increase the number of plants medical growers are legally allowed to cultivate.
The bill would also grant power to local governments that have opted out of the rec program to begin allowing medical cannabis businesses without first asking voters for approval.
The move by the legislature is essentially a response to the immense decline of the MMJ industry in Oregon since the adult-use industry has gotten fully up and running. The vast majority of medical marijuana retailers have switched to recreational, which leaving many growers and processors out of the new system, a representative of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council told The Bulletin.