The new year came with more than its due share of festivities for Oregon residents. The regional regulator OLCC (Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission) has approved several changes to the legal statute governing cannabis use in the jurisdiction. The authority gave the final go-forward to these changes on December 28, in line with the efforts it has put in over the last 18 months concerning the legalization of cannabis consumption. In such activities, the body’s aim was to cut down on violations of legal provisions and streamline the entire oversight process of the herbs’ consumption. Other essential driving factors were developing suitable safeguards for children and evolving regulations making relatively greater THC potency cannabis consumption legal.
While the new rules are “adopted” by the body from January 1, in reality, they will not enforce some of the legal modifications till next year, i.e. 2023. According to Steve Marks, the Executive Director of the authority, “These rules try to balance several different concerns – consumer health and safety, interests of small and large operators in our industry, and public safety concerns around loopholes in the Federal Farm Bill of 2018, and the illicit farm production taking place in Oregon.”
The driving force behind many legal changes was House Bill 3000, which was recently approved by the Oregon legislature regarding the trade of THC-containing hemp products in the state jurisdiction. The violation limits and its penalties were based on Senate Bill 408. According to the OLCC, the new law will make Oregon “be better aligned with other adult-use cannabis states and be positioned as a legal export market as the groundwork is laid for federal legalization.”
The law limits the quantity of THC in each serving of hemp edible products to 2mg. Further, the amount of permissible THC in each container is fixed at 20mg. The provision, which will go into effect July 2022, is designed to prevent mixing high THC hemp with other items. In addition, the law provides the OLCC with 18 months to include artificial cannabinoids without intoxicating effects into the exact compliance and review process as food items and diet supplements. Matt Maletis, the authority commissioner, professed that the law would fall short of being a cure-all for everybody concerned. But it would definitely be a great stride forward in the right direction.
Cannabis lovers are in for a treat thanks to the liberal provisions of the new legislation, including one that doubles the ceiling on marijuana buying by consumers from 1 ounce to double that figure. The best thing is that the new limits are set from the 1st of January of the current year. Things are all set to get even brighter soon, with THC concentration levels in edibles also doubling from 50mg to 100mg. However, this particular provision will come into effect April of this year. Further, it is now legally permitted to have cannabis products being delivered by approved firms to your doorstep across cities and counties in Oregon.
The body’s Executive Director pointed out the resolve of their organization to “make significant changes to these rules, and I want to reiterate that we have come a very long way.” It is in line with present public opinion. He emphasized that they “are creating a successful business market, a successful consumer market. This is another big turn of progress.” The legal changes will most affect licensees and lead to extensive re-categorization of violations. Such re-categorization will, in turn, lessen penalties and legal violations leading to license cancellations.
The new law permits licensees to improve self-distribution and cut down on both the time and cost associated with compliance procedures related to documentation and report of plant and harvest details.
Sounds nice; looking forward to a relieving joint with friends in Oregon!