Legislators in Oregon Submit Multiple Marijuana Bills


It’s no secret that state legislatures will be busy with marijuana bills in 2015. Most legislatures will be tackling the legalization question and at most will have maybe two or three marijuana bills to consider. In the great state of Oregon, however, state representatives have more than just a few bills to review.

Still only a few days into the new legislative session, a staggering 13 marijuana regulation bills have been introduced to the Oregon state legislature. Oregon State Rep. Julie Parrish told The Oregonian that it was only natural for the legislature to take such a proactive stance.

“You can’t see the passage of something major like that and not think that you need to figure out how to manage it,” Parrish said.

The range of proposed laws range from big to small and while some of the proposed laws seem rather reasonable, others seem to be the result of over-reaching politicians trying to exert some control over the marijuana industry.

For your time, and convenience, here is a list and short summary of the proposed marijuana laws that are working their way through Oregon’s legislature:

  • HB 2040 – Bans marijuana businesses from operating within one mile of a school.
  • HB 2041 – Allows local governments to enact a one mile rule similar to HB 2040.
  • HB 2147 – Directs Department of Revenue to conduct study on marijuana taxation.
  • HB 2312 – Allows those on probation to legally possess marijuana.
  • HB 2636 – Limits the number of patients a doctor can recommend for medical marijuana to 450.
  • HB 2668 – Repeals a statute that requires hemp cultivators to be licensed by the State Department of Agriculture.
  • HB 2781 – Prevents state funding from going to any child-care facility that has an employee with a medical marijuana card.
  • SB 124 – Creates crimes of unlawful marijuana production and delivery within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • SB 162 – Bans the cultivation, production, delivery and sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • SB 364 – Requires courts to consider the current set of marijuana laws when considering whether or not to set a conviction aside.
  • SB 445 – Requires marijuana facilities and retailers to post warnings regarding the harmful effects of marijuana on pregnant women.
  • SB 460 – Allows existing medical marijuana facilities within 1,000 feet of a school to stay at their current location until the time comes for them to renew their license.
  • SB 464 – Prohibits the processing of cannabinoid extracts unless a registrant has been certified by Oregon Health Authority to process such extracts.

To say that marijuana regulation will dominate Oregon’s legislature would be an understatement. The legislature is not even one week into session and there are already 13 bills to consider. The particulars of recreational marijuana will remain in flux as the Beaver State adjusts specific marijuana laws and whether that will benefit the marijuana industry remains to be seen.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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