Facing a historic cannabis surplus that has fueled fears of illegal sales and caused prices to crater, Oregon lawmakers are moving forward with a first-of-its-kind bill that would allow the state to legally export cannabis.
The measure cleared the state Senate this week in a vote widely seen as the bill’s biggest hurdle on its way to becoming law. It now heads to the House, where local cannabis advocates expect it to receive strong support. Gov. Kate Brown has previously expressed her support for the bill, but she said federal banking reform for the cannabis industry should be the first priority.
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If Oregon Senate Bill 582 becomes law, it would authorize the governor to enter into export and import agreements with other legal cannabis states—provided federal cannabis policy allows it.
“Oregon will be ahead of the game in this burgeoning industry.”
Sen. Floyd Prozanski, SB 582 sponsor
“Oregon has a long and proud history of trailblazing and pioneering forward-thinking policy on cannabis,” said Adam J. Smith, executive director of the Craft Cannabis Alliance, which led the lobbying effort for the bill along with the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association (ORCA).
“Oregon was the first state to decriminalize cannabis possession, in 1973, and the second state after California to legalize medical marijuana, in 1998,” Smith said. “Now, Oregon is poised to become the first state in the country to prepare for the inevitable: licensed interstate cannabis sales.”
On Wednesday, the state Senate passed the plan on a 19–9 vote, with two Republican Senators joining 17 Democrats in voting for the measure.
“There’s still a lot of work to do, but today’s Senate vote is a major step forward for the future of Oregon’s