At Church and State: Preliminary Cannabis Bill Summary for 2017

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By Anthony Taylor

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

January 12, 2017 – The legislative session kicked off January 9th and our patient advocate and our legislative watchdog Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon put together a brief preview of some of the bills that have dropped in Salem this week. For more information on bills introduced you can visit the states Oregon Legislative Information System. Click the “Bills” icon at the top right, then the “Bill Text” tab and enter the search term “marijuana” and again search with “cannabis”. 18 so far and more bills are expected to drop in the weeks to come. HB= House Bill – SB= Senate Bill – LC= Legislative Concept

 

HB 2197 (LC 452)– Sponsored by Rep. Lininger – 4 pgs.

Directs Oregon Liquor Control Commission to enter into agreement with nongovernmental entity that conducts or funds research on cannabis and cannabis-derived products. Specifies terms of agreement. Requires public dissemination of data, information, analysis and findings procured pursuant to research.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

SB 301 (LC 908) – Sponsored by OR-ELA and Portland NORML – One pg.

Provides that conditioning employment on refraining from using any substance that is lawful to use in this state is unlawful employment practice.

Declares emergency, effective on passage.

 

SB 302(LC 1086) – Sponsored by Rep. Lininger – 194 pgs.

Removes provisions related to marijuana offenses from Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Moves crimes, penalties, defenses to crimes and procedural provisions in Uniform Controlled Substances Act that apply to marijuana offenses to Control and Regulation of Marijuana Act. Adjusts penalties for certain crimes.

Makes corresponding changes to statutes referencing controlled substances to clarify applicability to cannabis and cannabis-

Declares emergency, effective on passage.

 

SB 303 (LC 1087) – Sponsored by Rep. Lininger – 9 pgs.

Amends, clarifies and creates consistency in statutes setting forth prohibitions and procedures related to minors possessing, purchasing, attempting to purchase or acquiring alcoholic beverages or marijuana items.

Declares emergency, effective on passage.

 

HB 2198 (LC 1468) – Sponsored by Rep. Olson at the request of Compassionate Oregon – 333 pgs.

Changes name of Oregon Liquor Control Commission to Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. Changes composition of Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission by adding commissioners from cannabis retail industry.

Specifies that Oregon Health Authority may not register marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries.

Creates within authority, for purposes of purpose of administering Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, Medical Use of Cannabis Board. Becomes operative June 30, 2018.

Repeals provisions regulating marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries on June 30, 2018. Updates and creates provisions providing for licensing of marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries by Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Makes other technical changes to laws regulating cannabis.

Creates alternate registry system administered by State Department of Agriculture for growers that produce marijuana for registry identification cardholders. Directs Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission to coordinate with department for purpose of regulating marijuana producers.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

SB 304 (LC 1476) – committee bill – 3 pgs.

For  purposes  of  laws regulating cannabis-related businesses, standardizes language  with  respect  to  issuing,  renewing,  suspending,  revoking  or  refusing to  issue  or  renew  licenses.

HB 2199 (LC 1477) – committee bill – 2 pgs.

Eliminates provision indicating that cannabis-related business licenses may be for term other than one year. Qualifies provision providing that cannabis-related business license expires

upon death of licensee.

 

SB 305 (LC 1478) – Committee Bill, one page

Clarifies law requiring notice to Oregon Liquor Control Commission when person licensed by commission to engage in cannabis business is convicted of violation of state law or local ordinance of which possession, delivery or manufacture of marijuana item is element.

 

HB 2201 (LC 1479) – Committee Bill – 9 pgs.

Corrects and conforms definitions for “cannabinoid concentrate” and “cannabinoid extract” in laws regulating cannabis.

 

HB 2206 (LC 1726) – Sponsored by LOC – Two pages

Modifies statute under which lien may be imposed against building or premises used to illegally produce, process, sell or use marijuana items

 

LC 1882 – Sponsored by Rep. Lininger – 319 pgs.

Changes name of Oregon Liquor Control Commission to Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. Changes composition of Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission by adding commissioners from cannabis retail industry.

Directs commission to coordinate with State Department of Agriculture for purpose of regulating marijuana producers.

Makes other technical changes to laws regulating cannabis.

Specifies that Oregon Health Authority may not register marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries. Repeals provisions regulating marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries on June 30, 2018. Updates and creates provisions providing for licensing of marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries by Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

SB 306 (LC 1901) – Sponsored by Sen. Burdick – 48 pgs.

Specifies that Oregon Health Authority may not register marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries.

Repeals provisions regulating marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries on June 30, 2018.

Updates and creates provisions providing for licensing of marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing

sites and medical marijuana dispensaries by Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

LC 1922 – Sponsored by Sen. Feriolli – 59 pgs.

Provides for regulation by Oregon Liquor Control Commission of consumption and sale of marijuana items at temporary events, including licensure of premises on which temporary events are held.

Provides for regulation by commission of consumption of marijuana items at cannabis lounges, including licensure of premises where cannabis lounges are located.

Prohibits licensing temporary events or cannabis lounges in cities or counties that have not adopted ordinances allowing for the consumption of marijuana items at temporary events or cannabis lounges.

Excepts from prohibitions on public use, including restrictions set forth in Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act, consumption of marijuana items in designated areas of premises for which temporary event or cannabis lounge license has been issued.

Applies current law regulating licensed marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers to new types of licensees. Makes certain exceptions.

Becomes operative January 1, 2018.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

SB 300 (LC 1935) – Sponsored by Sen. Feriolli – 70 pgs.

Establishes Oregon Cannabis Commission to fulfill duties, functions and powers relating to medical use of marijuana.

Directs Oregon Health Authority to transfer duties, functions and powers relating to Oregon Medical Marijuana Act to commission.

Makes commission operative January 1, 2018.

Declares emergency, effective on passage.

 

SB 308 (LC 2290) – Sponsored by Sen. Feriolli – 3 pgs.

Establishes Task Force on Social Consumption of Cannabis.

Sunsets task force December 31, 2018.

Declares emergency, effective on passage.

 

HB 2203 (LC 2377) – Sponsored by Rep. Wilson – 6 pgs.

Changes distribution of moneys collected by Department of Revenue as tax imposed on retail sale of marijuana items.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

HB 2204 (LC 2942) – Sponsored by Sen. Burdick – Two pgs.

Changes statutory limitation on local government’s authority to impose local tax or fee on retail sale of marijuana items.

Specifies that if electors of city or county approve ordinance imposing tax or fee, governing body of city or county may amend ordinance, without referring amendment to electors, to adjust rate of tax or fee.

 

HB 2205 (LC 3163) – Sponsored by Rep. Lininger – One pg.

Directs State Department of Agriculture to solicit proposals from third party vendors to create for producers of cannabis efficiency standards for energy and water consumption and certification protocols for meeting those standards.

Appropriates moneys from General Fund to department for purpose of soliciting proposals.

Declares emergency, effective on passage.

 

For more information, visit the Oregon Legislative Information System


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Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is a longtime Oregon marijuana activist and a founder of Compassionate Oregon, one of Oregon's most important medical marijuana patient advocacy groups.

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