Oregon lawmakers head into short session in 2018


Last update: January 2, 2018


Lawmakers reconvene in early February this year in a short legislative session, expected to last just over a month. While the session is compressed, it is likely lawmakers will introduce legislation related to the state’s legalization program, particularly if previous years are any indication.

Oregon’s elected officials have been generally supportive of the state program, as are most Oregonians. In August of last year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown, critical of the state’s regulatory program — and in fact governors in the three other legalization states also received similar letters. In response, Gov. Brown indicated her support for the state program and called out the letter as based on outdated and incorrect information. In fact, all of the states that received letters from the Department of Justice responded to indicate that they were based on bad data. AG Sessions’ letter is available online here, along with Gov. Brown’s response.

Oregon’s program continues to evolve, as state regulators address issues that surface in the state program. Recently, new rules went into effect that require each batch of cannabis to be tested for contaminants, increasing the frequency of testing. While this puts additional pressure on licensees, many believe it will help ensure products are safer. 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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