Rename the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversee the state’s adult-use marijuana program, to the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. The initiative also would add members of the retail cannabis industry to the commission.
The OHA was heavily criticized in 2016 for its strict cannabis testing standards and lack of labs, which led to empty shelves, declining revenue, potential layoffs and the likelihood of businesses closing. There also are concerns the industry’s problems might drive residents away from legal outlets to the black market.
Many Oregon dispensaries have become adult-use only outlets, and since Oct. 1 more than 100 dispensaries have abandoned registrations or withdrawn applications, according to the Portland Business Journal.
The newspaper also reported that dispensaries now number 307 after having peaked at 425, and as of Friday the state had 174 recreational stores.