OLCC accepting recreational marijuana license applications

Talent, Ore. —  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission began accepting applications Monday from people interested in obtaining a recreational marijuana license. From producers and processors to retailers and wholesalers, hundreds across the state are getting started on the process.

“We are currently going through the process,” Andrew Robinson says, “having our lawyers submit things as we speak.”

For the folks at Talent Health Club, applying for a recreational marijuana license is a marathon not a race.

“Gather our policies and procedures, take a second look at them, make sure our i’s are dotted, our t’s are crossed, and that we really are following everything the state’s asking that serves our community the best,” Robinson adds.

According to the OLCC, as of noon Monday, about 80 people submitted applications. Another 100 are being drafted, and more than 500 people have signed up to create an application account on the OLCC website.

“We’ve really had a lot of the policies and procedures in place already, there will be a few changes but a lot of it has come quite naturally to us.”

Among the major changes, recreational and medical marijuana can’t be sold under the same roof. That means the dispensaries will have to choose which customers they want to serve.

“The good thing is we’ll be able to serve both for much of the year in 2016 possibly all the way to 31st depending on how licensing goes.”

Monday also marked the first day that sales tax was collected on recreational marijuana sales. The 25% tax will be distributed between education, mental health, alcoholism, and drug services as well as public safety.

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