- Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) is moving forward with several changes that will ease recreational marijuana regulations within the state.
- These changes have been in the works for over a year and the new rules will be adopted on January 1, 2022. The changes will not go into effect until 2023.
- In general, the changes are aimed at decreasing violations, streamlining oversight of cannabis, allowing for increased THC limits, and further developing regulations and safety nets surrounding children and the use of hemp products.
In a meeting held on December 28, 2021, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission decided to proceed with changes in the way recreational marijuana is regulated in the state of Oregon. With all of the rapid changes taking place in the cannabis and hemp market, Oregon is trying to get ahead of the game to provide for the health and safety of consumers as well as keep in mind the interests of the industry operators.
According to OLCC Executive Steve Marks “, These rules try to balance a number of different concerns – consumer health and safety, interests of small and large operators in our industry, and public safety concerns around loopholes in the Federal Farm Bill of 2018, and the illicit farm production taking place in Oregon,”
One main area that these new regulations address is the amount of THC that is allowed in hemp CBD edible products. Edible hemp products will be limited to 2mg THC per serving. On the other hand, you can have up to 20 mg THC per container. These new limits will take effect on July 1, 2022.
Also as part of these new rules, the non-intoxicating cannabinoids found in cannabis must follow the same review process and standards as dietary supplements or food ingredients. The OLCC is allowing up to 18 months to make this new change fully effective.
For other cannabis users, the new regulations will allow consumers to legally purchase up to two ounces of marijuana as opposed to them only being allowed to purchase one ounce at this point. That will actually go into effect on January 1, 2022, so Oregonians will not have to wait long for that.
The OLCC is acknowledging that the implementation of the new regulations isn’t perfect and not everyone is going to be happy. Some people would like to see them take it further but they are trying to progress and evolve the cannabis market in the state while still keeping a high degree of integrity and consumer safety in mind.
This should be a big step towards providing additional consumer safety and should provide more stability and confidence in the cannabis market going forward.