A measure that would allow Oregon-grown cannabis to be sold out of state, pending federal approval, was approved by state senators on Wednesday.
The measure, Senate Bill 582, gives the governor the authority to allow licensed recreational marijuana businesses to sell products out of state. It passed the Senate in a 19-9 vote. The measure only takes effect, however, if federal laws allow for interstate cannabis commerce.
Another cannabis measure, Senate Bill 218, which would enable the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to halt issuing licenses in the wake of a glut of marijuana, was delayed until Monday. Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, has supported the measure.
The measure allowing interstate sales of cannabis will go before the House Committee on Economic Development at 1 p.m. Monday. .
“The Senate passage shows that our political leaders understand that the future of the cannabis industry is interstate, and ultimately international, commerce,” said Adam Smith, Craft Cannabis Alliance founder and director. “Oregon’s future is as a global center for world class cannabis products, and an industry that supports hundreds of local farms and businesses in an industry that has been an important economic driver for rural and agricultural communities across the state since long before the days of regulation.”
Proponents of the measure have said that allowing Oregon cannabis to be sold out of state would help with the current oversupply of cannabis. Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of cannabis. Oregon has about a million pounds of marijuana flower in inventory, according to the OLCC. Producers say this glut is causing prices to fall. Oregon law doesn’t cap the number of cannabis producers, retailers or processors. However, in June