Oregon Lawmakers Consider Bill That Would Pave Way for Exporting Cannabis to Other States
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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Bill That Would Pave Way for Exporting Cannabis to Other States

The bill would establish a framework for "cross-jurisdictional coordination and enforcement of marijuana-related businesses."

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February 11, 2019

On Feb. 7, the Senate Judiciary Committee made the first step toward what cannabis advocates hope will eventually be interstate trade in cannabis, when the committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 582.

The bill would establish a framework for "cross-jurisdictional coordination and enforcement of marijuana-related businesses," between adjoining states in which cannabis is legal (right now, that would be California, Nevada and Washington). The bill specifically prohibits transporting marijuana by air, because airspace is federally regulated, or through "any mode of transportation subject solely to federal regulation."

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That latter condition would appear to leave open the eventual movement of cannabis on highways and roads subject to state and local regulation, although it is unlikely cannabis producers or wholesalers  will be in a hurry to challenge federal laws that forbid such movements.

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