In a Weed Blog post published on Wednesday reports that the OLCC began the acceptance process for recreational marijuana business applications on Monday. Supposedly, things started off pretty choppy because of all the inclement weather in near the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) headquarters located in the Willamette Valley area. Because offices we closed Monday due to snow and ice, the OLCC was unable to have a call center fully staffed to help answer any questions about applications and the application process for opening day.
Although the office was closed, in no way did that stop people waiting to apply from turning in their applications. The State of Oregon anticipated receiving an estimated 800 applications total. Just on Monday there were 142 applications received by the State of Oregon. Here are some notes collected via Oregon Live:
“The Oregon Liquor Control Commission received 142 applications as of Tuesday morning from people hoping to enter the state’s new recreational marijuana market.”
“The agency said 75 of the applications came from growers, most of them with plans for facilities in Clackamas, Jackson, Lane and Multnomah counties.”
“According to a breakdown provided by the liquor control commission to The Oregonian/OregonLive, the counties with the largest representation among all applicants so far are: Multnomah County (30), Clackamas County (18), Jackson County (17) and Lane County (16).”
If almost 150 applications were turned in in just one day, who’s to say 200 to 300 won’t fly in by the end of next week? We all know that stoners tend to procrastinate every now and again, but there’s no doubt people are excited and take this pretty seriously.
The State of Oregon also has upcoming plans to administer licenses at a slow but steady pace. Approvals for testing facilities and outdoor cultivation will be first up. The State wants to ensure that testing facilities are established first. This way all recreational marijuana growers and processors can have plenty of access to testing facilities before they get their products to the stores. The State also wants to give outdoor growers first pick on licenses so they can get their planting done immediately after the ‘last freeze’ in early Spring as my outdoor grower friends always say.