PORTLAND, Ore. – A new milestone for Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry. Pot has been sold to recreational users through Oregon’s medical marijuana retailers. But now, the recreational side can grow its own. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved eight Recreational Marijuana producer licenses, the first licenses issued under Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana system.
“We didn’t do anything to specially select these folks. It was the fact that they got the Is dotted and Ts crossed on their applications,” Said Mark Pettinger, Spokesperson for the OLCC.
“These licensees reflect the pioneering spirit Oregon is known for,” said Rob Patridge, OLCC Chair. “They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and possess the entrepreneurial spirit of this industry.”
The OLCC Commission will meet weekly through early June to approve license applications, at which time the Commission plans to delegate authority to the OLCC Executive Director to approve licenses. During the next month the OLCC licensing effort will continue to focus on producers, especially outdoor growers.
The licensees approved today include Tier 1 and Tier 2 outdoor and mixed cultivation growers. Tier 1 outdoor growers are allowed to have a plant canopy between 5,000 to 10,000 square feet, and Tier 2 outdoor growers are allowed to have a plant canopy between 20,000 to 40,000 square feet. Mixed cultivation growers are allowed to have a combined indoor and outdoor canopy using a ratio so the total canopy does not exceed the tier designation.
The licensees can start operating legally after paying their annual license fee. The annual fee for Tier 1 growers is $3,750, and the annual fee for Tier 2 growers is $5,750. The annual license fee for labs, processors, wholesalers and retailers is $4,750.
“All applicants go through rigorous scrutiny before they’re even considered for a license,” said Patridge. “They undergo criminal background checks, must receive land use approval from local governments, and be trained to use the Cannabis Tracking System which is the key public safety component for the regulated recreational marijuana system.”
“I honestly don’t have the words to describe how excited I am. It’s more like relieved,” said Casey Rivero, Chief Cultivator for Yerba Buena. “You know, we’ve been working really hard for the past year at this process and to see it actually come into fruition is really nice.” His facility passed the rigorous inspection with flying colors.
The applications of the licensees were reviewed by OLCC investigators and the location of their business – the licensed premises – was inspected by OLCC field inspectors to ensure the applicant met all state laws and regulations before their applications were presented to the Commission for approval.
The licensees include:
• Harold Frazier, Dale Fox, Maiden Azalea LLC (New Breed Seed) – Outdoor, Tier 1, Lane County
• Far Out Farms, LLC (Far Out Farms) – Mixed, Tier 1, Tillamook County
• Preston Greene (Yerba Buena) – Mixed, Tier 2, Washington County
• Smokey Mountain Farm, LLC (Smokey Mountain Farm) – Outdoor, Tier 1, Washington County
• Jennifer Speer-Harvey, Antonio Harvey, Daniel Speer (Terra Mater) – Mixed, Tier 2, Clackamas
• PWCC, LLC (Pacific Wonderland Craft Cannabis) – Mixed, Tier 2, Clackamas County
• SOCC, LLC (Southern Oregon Cannabis Company) – Outdoor, Tier 2, Jackson County
• Charles J. Brooks (Loved Buds) – Outdoor, Tier 1, Josephine County
The OLCC has received 910 applications and expects to receive between 1200 and 2000 applications during the 2016 calendar year. The agency expects to issue about 850 licenses in 2016.
“Today is just another step on the path to implementation,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “We’re going to continue to remain focused on creating a recreational marijuana system that ensures public safety, protects our children, and fosters a successful legal market for the recreational use of marijuana.”