Oregon Needs Standalone Agency to Regulate Marijuana, Report Says

Oregon Needs Standalone Agency to Regulate Marijuana, Report Says

As it stands, marijuana is regulated by three agencies—the OHA, Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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November 26, 2018

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon needs an independent state agency to regulate marijuana rather than relying on three disparate agencies, according to draft recommendations prepared by the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

The state needs to "provide a unified and consistent vision on cannabis regulation," the report states. The cannabis commission is part of the Oregon Health Authority.

As it stands, marijuana is regulated by three agencies—the OHA, Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Oregon Department of Agriculture—whose powers and responsibilities extend far beyond cannabis into public health, alcohol and crop services.

Having marijuana oversight under one roof makes more sense, said Beau Whitney, a senior economist with the Washington, D.C.-based cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data.

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