PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has announced eight more listening sessions to hear from communities around the state as the agency implements Oregon’s recreational marijuana law. Two meetings held last week in Baker City and Pendleton together drew more than 180 people.
“Hearing firsthand from community members is vital to our public process,” said OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge. “The OLCC needs to hear from you: what should marijuana regulation look like in your community and throughout Oregon?”
The listening sessions are the first steps in a yearlong public rulemaking process that will include monthly Commission meetings and rules advisory committee meetings.
“OLCC is committed to a transparent and inclusive public process to help us implement the law in a way that protects children, keeps our communities safe, and brings the recreational marijuana industry into the regulated market,” Patridge said.
Under the new law, possession of recreational marijuana becomes legal on July 1 of this year. The OLCC must begin accepting applications for commercial licenses next January, with retail stores to open by late 2016.
Learn more at http://marijuana.oregon.gov
Monday, February 2, 7-9 p.m.
Chemeketa Eola Hills, Viticulture Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Salem, OR 97305
Tuesday, February 3, 7-9 p.m.
Lane County Fairgrounds
796 W. 13 Ave., Wheeler Pavilion
Eugene, OR 97402
Wednesday, February 18, 7-9 p.m.
Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union
1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Rogue River Room
Ashland, OR 97520
Thursday, February 19, 10 a.m.-Noon
Oregon Institute of Technology
3201 Campus Drive, Auditorium
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Thursday, February 19, 7-9 p.m.
The Riverhouse Convention Center
2850 Rippling River Court
Bend, OR 97701
Thursday, February 26, 4-6 p.m.
Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square
9000 SW Washington Square Road
Tigard, OR 97223
Friday, February 27, 4-6 p.m.
Monarch Hotel & Conference Center
12566 SE 93rd Ave.
Clackamas, OR 97015
Wednesday, March 11, 7-9 p.m.
744 SW Elizabeth Street
Newport, OR 97365