People of Northwest Public Radio
Oregon Pot Sales
Thu August 21, 2014
Oregon State Already Preparing For Pot Sales
The ballot measure to make recreational pot legal in Oregon won't be voted on until November, but the state is already preparing for its passage.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission had a packed agenda this month, so commissioners worked through lunch to discuss the arrival of recreational pot.
Commissioners aren't allowed to take action on an undecided ballot measure, but OLCC chair Rob Patridge said they're discussing pot because if the measure passes, they'll only have 14 months to set up regulations for a new and controversial product.
"The timeline will be tight,” Patridge said.
Commissioners paid special attention to blocking sales to minors and visibly intoxicated people. They're also looking into how to control sales because unlike spirits, which are distributed directly by the OLCC, pot would be shipped straight to retailers.
The OLCC is planning to add 28 new positions if the measure passes.
A poll by OPB this spring found that 54 percent of Oregon voters support pot legalization for adults 21 and older.
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