Oregon agency to get first cannabis business representative

The state agency that regulates Oregon’s cannabis sector could have its first representative with experience in the marijuana industry.

According to Willamette Week, Gov. Kate Brown appointed Matt Maletis to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. His selection is contingent on Senate approval next month.

Here’s what you need to know about Maletis:

  • Earlier this year he opened Oregon Hub, a five-acre cannabis campus designed for research and cultivation. Oregon Hub is home to, among other companies, Phylos Bioscience, a cannabis seed technology research firm founded by Mowgli Holmes.
  • He has served on three cannabis advisory panels for the OLCC, which has regulated recreational marijuana in the state since 2014.
  • His family has a decades-long history of alcohol distribution in Oregon.
  • If approved, Maletis will replace longtime commission member Bob Rice.

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    Processing by Small Producers Section 8 of Senate Bill 56

    This section should be seen as an attempt to subvert an entire sub-industry within the marijuana class. By allowing Producers to side-step the need for getting an additional license and separate space, as all other sub-class representatives must, you as a commission have literally wiped out the demand for processors; all 369, currently waiting or actively involved in their industry, for you have not offered the ability to the processors or any other sub-class to do the same within their facility or licensing structure. I’m willing to bet you haven’t cleared it with any of your local jurisdictions either.

    Surely, hundreds of thousands of dollars in hard-earned investment money, ten of thousands of hours building and preparing facilities, employees; wages and earnings, plus the dreams of those who have been patiently working towards finding a better way to supply a product we all know works well to meet demands of our population; now smashed. I hope you are prepared for the fallout; the class-action suits, and inevitably the voting community’s answer to your inability to think through your “attempt” at solving something that the processor subclass is prepared to fix, given the opportunity. As a military retiree, I can see a certain quirk in that this portion of the bill is appropriately named “Section 8”.

    All sub-classes within the industry should be treated equally as originally intended; licensing and location separation between producers and processors serves a purpose. By maintaining sub-class status quo, you will continue to increase the amount of taxes available to the system’s supporters; Schools, OSP, health service communities and drug outreach programs, while continuing to increase the industry’s ability to hire on even more people in varied positions; lab technicians, extraction techs, this list goes on, instead of limiting them to positions as mostly bud-tenders.

    If you are looking for a means by which to increase OLCC’s ability to meet licensing needs, may I suggest re-visiting the paper I submitted earlier in October to the Secretary of State and the OLCC (See attached). It requires that the legislature increase the licensing time span to a biennial certification. By allowing current licensees a two year waiver and future licencees a two year certification, it will reduce inspectors overall workload during this time of renewals so they may focus on new companies. This in turn will increase the agency’s ability to earn additional income from a larger, more diverse, tax group within the industry as a whole, and more quickly affect product cost to consumers due to a more diverse product base.

    Might I also suggest that by reducing their workload and increasing inspector’s otherwise meager pay, it might be easier to draw more prospective employees into what is at best currently a job few could want to stay with for any prolonged period; given the manner in which I’m sure they’re currently greeted. Industry needs should have been more thoroughly vetted; it would have prevented this mess from happening in the first place.

    Respectfully Submitted,

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