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Oregon Regulators Streamline Cannabis License Application Process

by Sarah Cawthon November 12, 2020

In October, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission enacted temporary rules to allow for more flexibility with processing marijuana license applications and ultimately providing some relief for the licensing backlog that has developed throughout the year.

The temporary rules include the following:

  • The revision of the definition of who is required to be identified as an applicant for a license, including raising the threshold from the 10 percent to 20 percent ownership
  • The change in license application requirements, including reducing the amount of information and documentation as previously required
  • The OLCC collection of fingerprints for background check purposes is reduced to once per license year
  • Applicants are able to change the location of their proposed licensed facility prior to licensure, except for Producers who are prohibited by law from making that type of change until January 2022
  • The change in notifications and preapproval requirements when licensees make changes to business structures or financial interests
  • The simplification of paper requirements for Producer propagation endorsement and medically designated canopy registration.

As part of the streamlining process, applicants will need to complete updated paperwork to align with the temporary rules even if they have already filled out prior paperwork. This set of paperwork is straightforward and helps significantly reduce the time needed for OLCC to evaluate the license applications.

Now that the temporary rules have taken place, the OLCC will undergo a permanent rulemaking process to finalize the rules and will make the necessary adjustments based on feedback from the industry and other stakeholders.

The OLCC believes that implementing this flexibility through the temporary rules will significantly reduce the time needed it takes staff to process license applications. The commission will also collect fewer documents as part of the license application, rely on the applicant’s attestation that they have provided complete and accurate information, and give the applicant the responsibility for knowing and understanding the laws and rules around marijuana licenses.

Under the streamlined licensing process, a complete application will typically include an Application Packet for the appropriate license type, a Marijuana Applicant Questionnaire, along with an Individual History form for each individual who qualifies as an “applicant” for the license, a Premises Map Instructions of the proposed location, a floor plan and a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS).

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