Oregon lawmakers prepare for possible interstate marijuana commerce

The Oregon House passed a bill that would empower the governor to enter agreements with other states for the transfer of marijuana, a prospect that could significantly help MJ businesses in the state that have been dealing with a massive cannabis surplus.

The 43-16 vote came after the leader of minority Republicans urged passage of the Democrat-sponsored bill, noting the measure would set up Oregon to provide cannabis if the U.S. government ever permits interstate sales.

“The federal stance toward states with legal cannabis could change quickly, through congressional action or something as simple as a memo from the Department of Justice,” said Republican Rep. Carl Wilson, who represents Grants Pass in a prime marijuana-growing area.

The Oregon Senate previously passed the interstate sales bill. It now goes to Gov. Kate Brown for consideration. The Democrat has been a vocal supporter of Oregon’s marijuana industry.

The bill is intended to address the biggest hurdle Oregon’s legal marijuana industry faces, the inability to access other legal markets, said Adam J. Smith, executive director of the Craft Cannabis Alliance industry group.

Democratic state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who sponsored the bill, said he was looking forward to a time when the federal government would legalize interstate sales or say it would tolerate the practice.

“We will kind of be like what bourbon is to Kentucky,” he said.

The measure is part of a strategy to deal with Oregon’s huge marijuana surplus and prevent diversion of unsold legal MJ into the illicit market.

Another bill passed on May 30 gives the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new cannabis cultivation licenses, based on supply and demand.

– Associated Press

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4 comments on “Oregon lawmakers prepare for possible interstate marijuana commerce
  1. Pat on

    “Another bill passed on May 30 gives the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new cannabis cultivation licenses, based on supply and demand.”

    Bad idea. Anyone that is able to enter the market should be able to. Let the demand/supply/price points get to their natural equilibrium’s. For the rec user’s and the feds, it’s not such a “thing” anymore. For the med users they have all the access they need at an affordable price. More comprehensive studies of the active compounds can occur. And the governmental/special interest propagated DRAMA of all of this goes away.

  2. david on

    A day late and a dollar short. Oregon like California has had a huge interstate market agreement for years. It’s a very simple agreement, Our states grow it, and other states agree to buy it. All duty free. It’s now solidified enjoying massive growth, with the new cannabis regs most states. Still though, Oregon has to keep up with California’s new massive post prop 64 state cartel system.
    As other states create new cannabis prohibitions disguised as rules and regs, California and Oregon are prepared to provide a consumer based tax free system, other than some reasonable shipping charges, the finest west coast weed (WCW) is available year round.

    But all good things must come to an end. When the current systems fail, the next system may include the real cannabis business folks who have been serving their customers with WCW for decades instead of these new greedy corporate drug dealers that the industry was sold to. The back room state cartel deal makers never thought that the existing vendors who were thrown under the bus, would take their customers with them.

    Of course we could start a new trillion dollar war on cannabis again, but that will just raise the prices again.

    • john ward on

      Oh David, there you go again. I don’t think that California planned it this way. But when you put an organized alcohol industry in charge of a single plant they know nothing about, This is what you get. Hundreds of pages of rules that keep changing with the wind.
      Your wrong about “when” the system fails, it has failed. We are now at 80-85% as you put it “consumer market”.
      I was just talking to an associate who was going through a major depression as his temporary permit expired and due to craziness at the local level with CEQA requirements fueled by the California league of cities, has been put out of business.
      A week later he called me back and said that business was booming again. He sent an email telling all of his delivery clients that he was forced to close shop because of the crazy laws related to this harmless plant.
      It appears that his customers were the same ones he had prior to the Prop 64 scam that voters thought legalized cannabis. Apparently his customers were not concerned if the state made a killing as the new cannabis cartel.
      Long story short, his customers stayed with him and his wife, and paid him forward with new customers, like their parents, neighbors and friends. Maybe it was the 40% reduction in price
      or a decision of rebellion, What ever it was, his business is booming. He said he was keeping most of the labels the same as well as the testing and child resistant packaging.
      What happens in California, unlike Las Vegas, does not stay in California. We export everything.

  3. Matt S on

    I have a retail store on the border of Vancouver wa, Oregon side and a wholesale company and could not be more excited right now. I’m the only game in the area. If allowed to transport to Washington or Nevada, It will be paramount in terms of my location. That I-5 can get pretty crazy. Nothing’s perfect but this is a win for Oregon and our market which is growing beyond leaps and bounds. I’ve seen other markets and Oregon is very unique and quite capable of being a top 3 state.

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