Oregon is having trouble dealing with surplus marijuana that it has produced over the years; the state is now looking for measures to deal with the situation.
As a result, Democratic Governor Kate Brown has signed two new bills into law viz. SB 582 and SB 218. While the first one allows the state to negotiate and enter into agreements to ship its cannabis off to other states, the latter bill gives Oregon Liquor Control Commission the authority to “refuse to issue production licenses for as long as the commission deems necessary, based on demand and supply.”
Notably, exporting marijuana across state lines is still illegal under federal laws.
The primary reason for Oregon’s surplus marijuana production problem, according to Denver attorney Vicente Sederberg, was the state’s overzeal to bring pot dealers — who had worked in the illicit market — on board into the new legal marketplace.
“They put out advertisements, they overdid a whole ‘go legal’ campaign to attract Oregon marijuana growers to the legal market, and it worked,” Livingston, who provides counsel to marijuana businesses, was quoted as saying to Los Angeles Times.
Notably, as of January 2019, Oregon had 6.5 years’ worth of theoretical supply of licensed cannabis in its inventory.
The passage of Senate Bill 582, which calls for interstate shipment of cannabis, doesn’t mean that Oregon can start right away with exports. The drug is illegal under the federal laws which govern what can be transported across boundaries, so there are a lot of complications involved.
The only way to carry out such inter-state cannabis transport – until the federal laws make it legal – is through an opinion or memorandum issued by the United States Department of Justice, allowing or tolerating the interstate transfer of marijuana products between authorized cannabis-related businesses.”