The Oregon State Senate today approved a bill that would set the stage for cannabis sales between legal states. Senate Bill 582 allows Oregon’s governor to enter into agreements with other states for the licensed interstate transfer of cannabis as soon as the federal government, which has long banned interstate trade in cannabis, indicates that such transactions would no longer be subject to prosecution under federal law.Read More
House Bill 2382 would allow certain counties to impose a tax of up to $1 per square foot on marijuana production. This coming Monday, March 11th, there will be a hearing on the bill in the Revenue subcommittee of the House Economic Development Committee.
Such a tax would be onerous, if not ruinous for the local industry, and we must make sure that it doesn't pass. But we should also recognize that bills such as this will be a regular occurrence unless producer counties are given the resources they need to deal with the expenses that adult use, medical, and unregistered production impose on them.