In a Dec. 28 meeting, Oregon’s Liquor and Cannabis Commission approved new rules that officials say will help streamline oversight of the industry, decrease violations, expand choices for consumers and help prevent children from accessing hemp products containing THC, according to a news release from the agency.
Oregon has approved multiple changes to the regulation of the cannabis industry for the new year, including doubling how much marijuana customers can purchase and allowing home delivery across city and county lines.
While some of the new rules took effect Jan. 1, others kick in later this year.
The changes are in response to the industry’s rapid growth, and will put Oregon more in alignment with other states on marijuana use rules as well as position the state in the export market if marijuana is legalized nationally, officials said.
The new rules were driven by two bills passed in 2021. House Bill 3000 established a framework for limiting the unregulated sale of hemp products containing THC. Senate Bill 408 provided the commission with an outline for re-structuring penalties for rule violations by licensees.
Many of the changes were driven by the Oregon Legislature’s recent approval of House Bill 3000, which addressed the unregulated sale of THC-hemp products in the state, and Senate Bill 408, which gave the OLCC a template to re-define violation penalties.
As a part of the new rules, the OLCC will have 18 months to bring non-intoxicating artificial cannabinoids in compliance with the same review process and standards, currently required for ingredients in food products and dietary supplements.
To avoid mixing products with high amounts of THC with other items, hemp edible products will be limited to 2mg THC per serving, and 20 mg THC per container starting July 1, 2022.
For the past year and a half, the commission has partnered with the legal cannabis industry to develop new changes which will decrease violations, streamline oversight, increase THC potency limits, and develop regulations and child safeguards for hemp products.