This morning, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee sent Oregon’s cannabis export bill (SB 582) to the floor on a bipartisan 5-2 vote. The vote brings Oregon one step closer to being the first state to lay the groundwork for the licensed interstate transfer of cannabis to other legal states.
From the Portland Business Journal:
Oregon takes step toward legal out-of-state pot sales
Pete Danko, Portland Business Journal
A bill that would allow Oregon cannabis to be sold outside the state — pending federal approval — passed a legislative committee Wednesday.
Senate Bill 582 comes in response to an Oregon cannabis glut that has sent prices plummeting and raised fears that growers could turn to lucrative illegal out-of-state markets.
Advocates said the bill sets the state up to move quickly if federal prohibition falls, while putting the issue on the radar of policymakers in Washington, D.C., and around the country.
“Right now, interstate transfer is not a germane question federally because we don’t have states prepared to do it,” said Adam Smith, head of the Craft Cannabis Alliance, the Oregon trade group that has championed the bill. “This bill will change that.”