On Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. history was made, when the first companies in Oregon received their recreational marijuana business licenses from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
Rob Patridge, chair of the OLCC, told the crowd at the public meeting today that they had a little over 1400 applicants in their system, and 910 applications were actually submitted. Only 8 received their licenses on this historic day.
“This is a huge, historical piece for the OLCC,” said Patridge, and “just as we are training the applicants, the applicants are training us.”
The OLCC will eventually issue 6 types of licenses: researcher, lab, producer, processor, wholesaler and retailer. State officials have given priority to cannabis producers, so all 8 businesses who received licenses today fell into this category.
Yerba Buena, a state-of-the-art cannabis producer, is one of those initial 8 applicants who received their license today. Laura Rivero, director of operations for Yerba Buena, explained that their team is committed to sustainability, quality, social responsibility, and compliance.
“Our goal was to be the first recreational licensee in the State of Oregon and our team spent countless hours producing an application that showcased the capability of our company and our industry. We are ecstatic to be among the first legal cannabis producers in the state of Oregon,” said Preston Greene, President of Yerba Buena.
Other companies in the initial 8 licenses were Terra Mater, New Breed Seed, Far Out Farms, Smokey Mountain Farm, Pacific Wonderland Craft Cannabis, Southern Oregon Cannabis Company and Loved Buds.
John Plummer, who owns a few other prominent Portland companies and is also part of the team at Pacific Wonderland Craft Cannabis, said, “I am a native Oregonian, and this is what I would call a “game changer,” and added, “this is very exciting for us as this industry will create more high paying jobs and boost our economy. But, along with this excitement comes lots of work. We are grateful that the OLCC recognized this as a historic day in our state.”
Dope will continue to cover this story as it unfolds in the state of Oregon, and we are thrilled to see stewards of the cannabis industry, such as the ones who were licensed today, as part of the movement to defend our plant everywhere.
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