Oregon’s recreational marijuana chief resigns

The top regulator in charge of Oregon’s recreational marijuana program is stepping down, adding to a growing trend of cannabis overseers who are leaving the industry for the private sector.

Rob Patridge said in a news release Tuesday he is resigning as chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to take a position at an unidentified consulting firm.

His resignation, effective Friday, follows the retirement of the state’s lab testing chief in December.

Patridge has guided the OLCC since July 2013, and he was instrumental in designing the state’s recreational regulatory framework. He was first appointed to the OLCC in 2012.

Patridge’s departure also comes on the heels of the introduction of two bills in the Oregon Legislature in February that would put the state’s rec and medical marijuana programs under the purview of one regulator. The Oregon Health Authority currently oversees the MMJ program.

After Oregon voters passed Measure 91 – which legalized recreational cannabis in 2014 and gave the OLCC responsibility for regulating the industry – Patridge led statewide town hall meetings and other stakeholder engagement to formulate the framework for rulemaking to regulate the rec industry.


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3 comments on “Oregon’s recreational marijuana chief resigns
  1. William James Agee (Jim) on

    Truly hate to hear of a higher positioned positive promoter of just Cannabis programs in leaving the OLCC but I am sure you will be missed by many. I may be speaking from outside of the loop, because I live in Kentucky, but wherever you land, they will be getting a valuable asset to their organization, this being the view of a person reading email literature from far away. God Speed!

    • Tony the Oregon Cannabis Grower on

      As a life long Oregonian I’m not certain he was a “friend” of the cannabis industry. As well the OLCC has had difficulty managing alcohol and liquor. Many like myself believe the voice of the constituency was ignored when the “framework” was created by the OLCC. Measure 91 was not to be taken as a framework for the regulatory agency the OLCC to do as they wished. That being said it can’t be easy to roll out a state cannabis program also. I’m not certain he will be missed by many at all.

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