Oregon lawmakers consider merger of medical and non-medical programs


Last update: February 14, 2017


Oregon’s lawmakers are back in session and are now considering a wide range of bills. For the most part, these further refine the state program and include technical changes or other housekeeping measures related to licenses for businesses.

But two bills in particular would make big changes to current state policy. SB 301 would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers who consume marijuana outside of the workplace. While eight states now allow adults to consume marijuana, there are no protections for workers who may be subject to employer testing policies. Another key effort under consideration would consolidate the state’s medical marijuana program and its non-medical programs under the OLCC. Some complain that administrators of the state medical program are not supportive of their own program and hope the OLCC, which oversees non-medical cannabis regulations, would be a better fit. Others are concerned that the move could result in higher costs for patients, as the cost to do business is currently higher under the OLCC for non-medical businesses.

For a closer look at the law as it currently stands, see our summary here, and be sure to check out the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s detailed FAQ, available here.

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